Connections Between Past and Present
Posted by Jack Stephens on February 22, 2007
brownfemipower posts a blog on the history of the mid-19th century Downieville lynching of a young Latina woman:
The fact that Juanita was Mexican and not Anglo denied her the moral, emotional, and physical protection guaranteed Anglo women in the rough mining communities of the day. In the eyes of most of Downieville’s inhabitants, Juanita, the Mexican, was an inferior being who was tolerated only so long as she did not threaten the Anglo community. But stabbing Cannon was a direct challenge to the dominant group, a challenge the community met quickly and unrelentingly by hanging Juanita.