Lena Baker: The Only Woman Executed by Electrocution In Georgia
”What I done, I did in self-defense, or I would have been killed myself. Where I was I could not overcome it. God has forgiven me. I have nothing against anyone. I picked cotton for Mr. Pritchett, and he has been good to me. I am ready to go. I am one in the number. I am ready to meet my God. I have a very strong conscience.”
From Wikipedia: “At her trial she said that he had imprisoned and threatened to shoot her should she try to leave. ”
Yup, how DARE a mere BW try and defend herself.
The sad part? That was the law. Black women had no right to self defense. That’s a huge part of the Civil Rights Movement that doesn’t get discussed. We were legally unrapeable & then when we could be raped our husbands or other male relatives might be able to get paid as recompense. Because we had no virtue by birth, we had no right to protect it or ourselves. And a whole lot of white women quietly (or not so quietly) went along with that because it meant they were safe.