This summer marks the 100 year anniversary of a gruesome and terrifying time in american history.
When World War 1 ended.. thousands of blacks migrated from the south to mostly the north and mid-west.. taking many jobs and housing opportunities.
Whites weren’t happy about it and in turn started up race riots all around the country.
African Americans had returned home from the war with new and contagious confidence and assertiveness.
Before World War I, the NAACP had just 9000 members nationwide and only 300 in the South, but by the early 1920s, national membership had risen to 100,000, with Southern chapters constituting a slight majority.
Red Summer refers to a series of approximately 25 anti-black riots that erupted in major cities throughout the nation including #Houston, #Texas;
and #Chicago, #Illinois; #Washington, #DC.; #Omaha, #Nebraska; #Elaine, #Arkansas; #Tulsa, #Oklahoma;
and #Charleston, #SouthCarolina.
In Elaine, Arkansas, whites attacked a meeting of black sharecroppers who were organizing to demand fairer treatment in the cotton market.
After a white person was shot, federal troops were called in to “quell” the violence, but instead they joined white mobs in hunting black residents for several days.
More than 200 black men, women, and children were killed.
We have U.S residents that are over 100 years old.
Is this the america they want when they say “make america great again?”.
This is american history.