I love this. I just put it on my desk to read because I want to be around a good book when I come home at night.
I didn’t really think I’d be able to get past the first sentence ’cause I’m not that much of a book reader. But this is a great example of a really long sentence that’s actually short and punchy. The very first sentence is a description of lynch furniture, which of course is one of the most popular furnishing choices these days. And then the next sentence is a list of the top six lynch furniture items.
Lynching is a controversial political issue. People have accused the victims of being killed for their political beliefs, but lynchings of criminals have also occurred, primarily because they were thought to be particularly cruel.
We were at some point in the early 1980s when a politician decided to kill a bunch of people – mostly people convicted of drug trafficking – for their political beliefs. This politician was a racist, and the only way he could get away with it was to kill many people in the process. It’s a crime that is still committed today.
The issue with lynchings is that they were actually thought to be particularly cruel. They were often done in public and with much public outcry and outrage. The problem is that the people charged in those cases are not the real killers. Usually the real killers are the ones who are put on trial, and the real victims are actually innocent.
Today, the law in the US is fairly clear about the “guilty until proven innocent” approach. The difference is that when lynchings were happening they were rare. Today, we have a much higher percentage of people being charged with lynching. This is because lynchings are more public, and thus more likely to involve a lot of outrage.
As a result, the real victims of lynchings are often innocent of any wrongdoing. If you’re charged with lynching someone, a lot of people will say you did it on purpose. If you’re the lynch victim, there is a chance that you won’t actually be charged, but you will likely be subject to the same sentence.
In this case, the victim was a man named Darryl Pugh. Darryl was originally accused of being a gang member, but after he was lynched, his family took him in and he was no longer considered gang member. Darryl was later charged with the murder of two other people who were accused of being gang members, but the prosecutor would not allow any of his family to testify against him.
It’s hard to imagine a more fitting example of how not to go about lynching someone than what happened to Darryl Pugh. But in the case of lynch furniture, there is a chance that you wont actually be charged, but you will likely be subject to the same sentence.
I think lynch furniture has probably helped reduce lynchings overall. And the fact that Lynch has a more “humane” approach to killing, even if it is less humane, is a great way to counteract the stereotype that lynchings are always brutal killings. And that can’t be said of Darryl Pugh.