‘The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them’
Ida B. Wells
Long before the famous story of Rosa Parks became a revolution, one woman had paved the way with a similar story 71 years before Parks. Her name was Ida B. Wells-Barnet, IN the city of Memphis in 1884, a lady named Ida B. Wells refused when a bus conductor had told her to give up her seat for a white man. Fueled by such incident, she took the bus company to court and long story cut short, it was overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1887.
Known as the solution to police violence of our time, Ida B. Wells has always been a figure that speaks against race, racism and racial violence. She has always pointed the continuous killings of the black man and the lynching culture harnessed in the United States.
With the string of acquittals in the police shootings of black men which has resurfaced as a plague that has haunted the American Society, she is referred to as the solution. As a civil rights activist and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Wells had a voice that will call the immediate implementation of the federal policies that would protect Black lives from the so called lynching. She had provided significant blueprint recommendations for eliminating police violence in the United States.
Studying Wells in a society like ours will be an essential solution to broaden the minds of the people and the government. Her speech from 1909 where she denounced lynching and laid out a plan for how to secure its end, Wells used to acknowledge the facts such as racial prejudice which is the heart of most violence. It is what the world suffers from to this day and is growing quiet on it. She has always taught that criminality will always be the excuse used to justify the acts of these deaths and lynching which was certainly not the cause.
In a world where freewill is selling gun to a house owner, the rate of violence among race has fueled and criminality suffers as the alibi. A typical case could be the xenophobic attack in South Africa or the slave trade on going in Libya, these are pointers as to how they fuel these issues in the society and hardly have voices to cool it down.
Wells had the ideologies on life and living as a free person which may have been influenced by the emancipation proclamation made by Abraham Lincoln by the time of her birth. Ida B. Wells had always believed she had rights and they were to be respected. In her early life she suffered lynching from white people which provoked her voice as a journalist to propagate the truth. She is well known for her speech that society looks back to in Free Speech and Headlight where she said
“There is, therefore, only one thing left to do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white people”