Reason 1: Throwing Stones
Some black people were lynched for throwing stones. Skipping a rock across a lake could lead to death.
Reason 2: Unpopularity
There are cases on record that lynch mobs hung some Blacks because they were unpopular in the community.
Reason 3: Vagrancy
Some Black people who were homeless and didn’t hold regular employment or made an income were lynched.
Reason 4: Injuring or Killing Livestock
In many cases Blacks were murdered for injuring or killing livestock. One could only assume that the animals’ lives were seen as more valuable.
Reason 5: Trying to Vote or Voting for the Wrong Party
Although Black men were allowed to vote in most states after 1870, many were killed when they were caught trying to participate. If they did vote and didn’t vote to others’ liking, mobs of white men would kill them.
Reason 6: Acting or Looking Suspicious
Some Blacks were killed by mobs because they were accused of acting or looking suspicious around whites.
Reason 7: Demanding Respect
In several cases, Blacks were lynched because they demanded to be treated with respect.
Reason 8: Practicing Afrikan Spirituality
Many Black men, women, and children were murdered when they were caught practicing Afrikan spiritual practices, often collectivity identified with labeled voodoo.
Reason 9: Disorderly Conduct
Many Blacks were hung for being too loud in public or being deemed as disorderly.
Reason 10: Gambling
Black people that were caught gambling during this time were lynched.