No Ifs, No Buts: This was a Mississippi Lynching in 2022

Clare Xanthos, PhD
9 min readMay 7, 2023

Rasheem Carter, a young Black man, was found decapitated and dismembered after reporting that his employer wanted him dead. Seven months later, no arrests have been made.

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“Me and the owner of this company are not seeing eye to eye Mama … But if anything happen to me, he’s responsible for it … I’m too smart Mama, he got these guys wanting to kill me.”

The 2022 murder of Rasheem Ryelle Carter, 25, in rural Mississippi, is one of the ugliest, most sadistic, nauseating crimes that has been reported in the 21st century. Indeed, the sheer barbarity of what happened to Carter seems like it belongs in another era, but it happened a mere seven months ago.

On Oct. 1, Rasheem phoned his mother in distress, telling her that he was being followed by three truckloads of white men in Taylorsville, a small town in Mississippi. He reported that the men were hurling racial slurs at him. One month later, Carter’s skeletonized remains were found in a wooded area near Taylorsville; he had been decapitated and dismembered. But despite this grisly scenario — reeking of an old-fashioned Mississippi lynching — the local police immediately claimed that there was “no reason” to suspect foul play.

“Taylorsville, Mississippi, still has active Klan.”

Rasheem Carter feared for his life — and with good reason

Contrary to popular belief, lynchings in Mississippi and other states have not disappeared in modern times; they have simply gone underground. The local police typically claim “no foul play”; the mainstream media ignore the story; and these “modern day lynchings” get swept under the rug. Jill Collen Jefferson, a lawyer and civil rights activist put it like this to the Washington Post:

“Lynchings in Mississippi never stopped. The evil bastards just stopped taking photographs and passing them around like baseball cards.”

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Clare Xanthos, PhD

WRITER. AUTHOR. SCHOLAR. Interests: Racial Equity, Racial Health Equity, Racial Justice. Co-Editor: Social Determinants of Health among African-American Men