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The U. A Black man lay half-conscious in the street after being beaten by a white mob during the East St. Louis Massacre of Louis Post-Dispatch wrote on July 3, The Illinois massacre had been sparked by the fear of Black men migrating from the South to factories in the North and taking jobs from white people.

Tensions exploded that July 1, and raged for three days and nights, leaving as many as 39 Black people and nine white people dead, according to reports. But historians believe hundreds more Black people were killed during that time. Read how the death of George Floyd connects to this brutal American legacy. Carlos F. Hurd, the reporter for the Post-Dispatchwrote in the archived article that he was appalled by the casualness with which white mobs roamed East St. When that broke, the mob hanged him with a rope.

The East St. Louis Massacre launched a reign of racial terror throughout the U. During that period, known as the Red Summer, at least 97 lynchings were recorded, thousands of Black people were killed, and thousands of Black-owned homes and businesses were burned to the ground. Fire and fury fueled massacres in at least 26 cities, including Washington, D. They used the massacres as a cover to murder without sanction, maim without sanction, and steal without sanction.

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No one, to this day, has been held able. Racial terror was common in many parts of the country following the end of slavery.

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Krugler, author ofThe Year of Racial Violence. In Tulsa, they burned it to the ground. President Donald Trump is holding his first political rally since the beginning of the COVID pandemic on June 20 in Tulsa, a city still haunted by the Tulsa Race Massacre, which left more than Black people dead and more than 10, homeless.

Trump initially scheduled the rally for Juneteenth, a date revered and celebrated by African Americans.

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June 19 commemorates the dateenslaved people were freed in Texas—two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, After widespread criticism, the Trump campaign moved the event by a day. The decision to hold the rally in Tulsa is a sharp reminder that the country has not made amends for its history of racial massacres. That history is inextricably connected to current demands for justice.

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Ibram X. To understand current racial unrest, people must understand the Red Summer. They traveled in droves to cities in the North, where they were confronted by northern racial hostilities. Often whites viewed Blacks as competition for jobs, homes, and political power.

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That power was propelled by increased Black resistance to injustice. Black soldiers had returned from World War I expecting the human rights they had fought for abroad—rights for which they were willing to die defending at home. Black veterans refused upon their return to accept injustice, inequality, and brutality by a white society. We return. We return from fighting.

We return fighting. Black veterans organized and retaliated against the attack on Neal and others, as if in battle.

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From nightfall to nearly dawn ambulances bore their steady stream of dead and wounded to hospitals. Gibbs, an author and historian of the African diaspora. Black people took up rooftop positions.

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They were determined to pick off members of the white mobs, [who had] infiltrated Black neighborhoods. The official death toll was The total damage to property is unknown. When we embraced the capitalist aesthetic, folks lynched us.

When we showed we were prosperous, people burned down stores on the premise we violated social codes and legal codes. More people know about Rosewood and Tulsa. In my judgment, when all is said and done, the Elaine, Arkansas, massacre may rival those. The Elaine Massacre began September 30,after Black sharecroppers dared to organize a union to bring an end to the unscrupulous practices of land owners who were cheating them out of money and crop.

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On Sept. A shot was fired. A white man was killed. Rumors of a black uprising spread quickly. The city filled with hundreds of white men with guns. The local sheriff led a white posse that burned houses and schools and shot Black people at random. Wells in her book The Arkansas Race Riot. This was done to send a message to other African Americans.

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According to reports, Black people were arrested after the massacre in Elaine. A grand jury in Phillips County charged Black people with crimes related to the massacre. They used electrical shocks on their genitals.

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They were brought to court in chains and not allowed to see an attorney. They were quickly convicted and sentenced to death within minutes. Supreme Court. On Feb. On Nov. Rivaling the prosperity of Eatonville, the Florida town made famous by writer Zora Neale Hurston, Rosewood was a middle-class town of proud Black people who had developed their own community, built their own houses.

Colburn wrote in the Florida Historical Quarterly. Within an hour of the allegation, news spread.

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Although Fannie Taylor never suggested that her attacker was a resident of Rosewood, the community would be permanently damaged by the events that unfolded during that first week of January Sylvester Carrier, a Black man, tried to defend himself and his property from the mob.

Hundreds of whites ed the mob already in Rosewood, and acts of systematic violence against blacks continued until January 8. More than 10, white men from across the state of Florida descended on Rosewood.

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Black men, women, and children hid in the swamps around the town. It is still unknown how many people were killed in Rosewood. The Rosewood Massacre was dramatized in a film by director John Singleton. Earlier that day, Rowland walked to the Drexel Building, which had the only bathroom available to Black people in downtown Tulsa.

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He stepped into an elevator on the first floor. When the elevator reached the third floor, Saraha white elevator operator, screamed. A mob of white men gathered outside the Tulsa courthouse, where Rowland was taken after his arrest for assaulting the elevator operator.

Black World War I veterans confronted the mob, determined to protect Rowland. A struggle ensued and a white man was shot, sparking the murderous rage that would follow. Hundreds of white people marched on the Black neighborhood of Greenwood. Whites killed more than Black people—dumping their bodies into the Arkansas River or burying them in mass graves.