Ida never feared the lynch mob, she had faith in God to protect her: â€œYea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort meâ€ (Psalms 23:4). A threat to her life was not going to stop her from her crusade.
I had bought a pistol the first thing after Tom Moss was lynched, because I expected some cowardly retaliation from the lynchers. I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trapâ€¦I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit (Duster, 1970, 1972; 62).
As the Bible says, Ida saw taking the life of a lyncher to simply be an â€œeye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for footâ€ (Deuteronomy 19:21). Ida Wells never got to use the pistol on the white people in Memphis who threatened her life. After the death threat, she did not return to her home. Instead, she stayed in New York and became co-editor of a newspaper called the New York Age. The Age was an important newspaper to black people (Aptheker, 1982; 67).