ASWPLAssociation of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching
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This strategy of the ASWPL and other activist groups was based on the assumption that lynching would cease once the mythology surrounding black men as rapists of white women was deconstructed and thus removed as a rationale for terrorism.
Though black women helped the ASWPL behind the scenes, Ames insisted upon a public image of the group as "an organization of impeccably respectable white southern women expressing their abhorrence of masculine violence" which, she felt, would have an impact that no interracial or black protest group could achieve (181).
By joining the antilynching movement already begun by Ida Wells-Barnett (the Anti-Lynching Crusaders), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the CIC, the white women of ASWPL insisted that they were threatened not by black rapists but by white lynchers.