African American historians and professional circles acknowledge that the origin of the term “picnic” derives from the act of lynching, during slavery and the following reconstruction. KKK members and other whites would often dress up and attend festive family outings with food and drink. To entertain themselves they often kidnapped an unfortunate black person and beat, burned and/or lynched them. These terrible events would take place in front of cheering crowds, often with children present. The word “picnic” is rooted from the term “pick a nigger”.