"I wasn't born yet so I don't know" said Meghan McCain on Bill Maher's show. For those who do not understand the historical references to lynching being made when explaining Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., treatment at the hands of the Cambridge Police Department, here's Dr. Leroy Vaughn's piece on the subject from his book BLACK PEOPLE AND THEIR PLACE IN WORLD HISTORY.
Lynching is defined as mob execution, usually by hanging, without the benefit of trial and often accompanied with torture and body mutilation. The usual scenario included a mob of up to 5,000 White men attacking a single, defenseless Black man and executing him for a crime he was never convicted of or even charged with in most cases. Lynching is considered one of the most horrific chapters in African American history and is only exceeded by slavery in cruelty and savagery toward another human being.