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Is Your Family's Common Surname Now Offensive?

sgtrock21sgtrock21 Posts: 1,933 Senior Member





The origin of the terms lynching and lynch law is traditionally attributed In the United States to Charles Lynch, a Virginia Quaker. Charles Lynch (1736–1796) was a Virginia planter and American Revolutionary who headed a county court in Virginia which incarcerated Loyalist supporters of the British for up to one year during the war. While he lacked proper jurisdiction, he claimed this right by arguing wartime necessity. Subsequently, he prevailed upon his friends in the Congress of the Confederation to pass a law that exonerated him and his associates from wrongdoing. He was concerned that he might face legal action from one or more of those so incarcerated, even though the American Colonies had won the war. This action by the Congress provoked controversy, and it was in connection with this that the term "Lynch law", meaning the assumption of extrajudicial authority, came into common parlance in the United States. Lynch was not accused of racist bias. He acquitted blacks accused of murder on three separate occasions. He was accused, however, of ethnic prejudice in his abuse of Welsh miners.


I guess Lynchburg, VA is in trouble. Will Clint Eastwood's film 'Hang 'em' High' require a title change? There seems to be no end to this nonsense. Should every U.S. citizen burdened with the surname 'Lynch' be required to change it?


  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Only in places I frequent.😈
  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Just more offended people that found something new to be offended about. They've about run out of schools and roads named after famous Southern politicians and generals, and monuments to same, to rename and need a new direction to direct their feigned outrage and erasure of history. I seriously wish dueling would be made legal again; might put the brakes on such stupidity.

    Wonder when they'll discover Lynchburg, TN and try to get it renamed? If they try, maybe Jack Daniels distillery can cut off their supply of TN sippin' whiskey until they calm the hell down!  :D
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  • NNNN Posts: 25,236 Senior Member
    probably since I had to change it to----------Robi[black square]son
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    They've overlooked the fact that a former US attorney general was an African/American woman named Lynch. That should make their heads explode.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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