Whitecapping Law and Legal Definition

Whitecapping is the crime of threatening a person with violence. Ordinarily, members of the minority groups are the victims of whitecapping. Persons are threatened in order to stop or move them away from engaging in certain businesss or occupations. Whitecapping statutes were enacted as a measure to control the activities of Ku Klux Klan.

The following is an example of a state statute (Mississippi) on whitecapping:

Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-87. Threats and intimidation; whitecapping

Any person or persons who shall, by placards, or other writing, or verbally, attempt by threats, direct or implied, of injury to the person or property of another, to intimidate such other person into an abandonment or change of home or employment, shall, upon conviction, be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding six months, or in the penitentiary not exceeding five years, as the court, in its discretion may determine.