The article about “lynched by mob” had to be a tough one to write. Thank you for taking on what wasn’t reported 100 years ago when it happened. This is a valiant gesture to correct the recorded history of the untimely death of two Warren County citizens, Alfred Williams and Plummer Bullock, at the hands of fellow citizens filled with hate and allowed to practice acts of intimidation as a part of the culture. These acts of intimidation happen when a community allows it to happen without recourse. To turn away, close a door, to cheer it on or do nothing to challenge is a shame that must be acknowledged with a commitment to never allow again. 

We are all born and will eventually die. What we do with the time in between when living in the United States of America, according to the preamble of the Constitution, is: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” IT APPLIES TO ALL OF US! We as a country have lived through generations of selectiveness about the application of this document that is held in such high esteem. 

We have allowed our children to witness acts of violence that have desensitized the value of human life for hundreds of years. The remnants of recent history continue to affect our country, desensitizing the value of human life, contributing to mistrust of authority and the manipulation of faith to justify an unjust culture. The desire for a peaceful existence is common to all. Let us learn from our history, grow in understanding and to reconcile the dignity and respect for all human beings. 

Are we willing to be a part of the change we want to see? What are we doing now that bears witness to us having learned from the harm imposed in the past? Is there a willingness to approach situations through multiple lenses in order to see things from multiple perspectives, sometimes of which are not relatable but need to be considered for the best possible resolution?  The violent deaths of Mr. Williams and Mr. Bullock are unsolved murders. The victims and the perpetrators have passed on, but the lessons to be learned from the circumstances and the culture of the period are worthy of reflection and actions to ensure it never happens again for the purposes of domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare of all citizens in Warren County.  

CAROLYN ROSS-HOLMES

Ella Baker Educational Project of NC