But nobody other than other black people would believe us. “Well meaning” whites both North and South did not want to believe (or admit) that it was the local sheriff who led the nightly lynching raids of the Klan, or who supplied the explosives and fuel oil used to blow up and burn down black churches, black schools, black businesses and black homes.
Herbert Dyer, Jr.
Thank you for sharing your article with me. I also have found it interesting how these stories of brutality were not valued as true experiences. “Well Meaning” whites never wanted to believe that white people in positions of power were responsible for reprehensible behavior against black people. Part of me feels like they always knew and that the “Well Meaning” white people didn’t want to act because it was too taxing for them. White silence has compounded the effects of these violent actors of the state.