We forget at our peril, however, that the American tradition of lynching is both productive and modern.
A young white man has been jailed for 25 years for burning down three historic black churches in the US state of Louisiana last year. Heavy metal musician Holden Matthews, 23, was also ordered to pay $2.7m (£2.1m) in restitution. He said he had burnt the churches to boost his reputation within his favoured music …
A spokesman for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association told the BBC individuals and groups were exercising their own form of vigilantism.
There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States