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Why some people fear a new era of lynchings

(CNN)Carol Anderson was scanning Twitter recently when she saw something that brought back a chilling memory. Someone asked Latina women if they had changed the way they acted in public after a white man allegedly targeting Mexicans was arrested for gunning down 22 people in an El Paso Walmart. One woman said she no longer speaks Spanish when out alone, checks store exits and now feels like a marked person when among whites."The hate feels like a ball in my stomach, and a rope around my neck," the woman said.For Anderson, the allusion to lynching wasn't just a metaphor. It was personal. She had an uncle who was almost lynched in the early 20th century for standing up to a white man in an Oklahoma store. She also is a historian who wrote a ...