How is the conclusion of Faulkner's "Dry September" a devastating critique of the South?

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“Dry September” is an indictment of the American South’s racism.  The sad story was repeated throughout the American South for many years.  A black man is accused by a white woman, and dies having done nothing wrong.  Even today, blacks are far more likely to be executed in the South than whites.

In this story, an old spinster named Miss Minnie Cooper releases her sexual frustration and loneliness by accusing a black man named Will Mayes of attacking her.  In those days, that was all it took.  He is murdered by a group of white men with no trial.  The reason this story is a devastating critique of the culture of the American South is because it describes an instance that occurred often in real life of vigilante whites murdering blacks for no reason.


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