The report from Raleigh’s News & Observer “The Ghost of 1898; Wilmington’s Race Riot and the Rise of White Supremacy” by Timothy B. Tyson discussed the historical event that is crucial, yet was rarely spoke of until recent years. On November 10, 1989 Wilmington—a majority black populated city as well as center of African-American political and economic success—a group of white supremacist burned down the building the local black newspaper resulting in the killing dozens of black residents, banishment of successful black leaders as well as their white supporters. The effects of this incident set path to the further expansion of white supremacy, and to an era of segregation, violence and repression. One of the main contribution to the success of the Democratic party ruled by white supremacist was the usage of the press, particularly newspapers, that carry propaganda to push the campaign in their favor. They exploited the power of the press to demonized black men as rapists who “threatened the pure flower of Southern women” (Tyson 7) and as tyrannical demons that threatens the white race.
After the violence and attacks in Charlottesville, a debate is raging on whether or not to take down Robert E Lee and other confederate monuments or to leave them up. Those for taking down the confederate monuments argue that the monuments are equated with the slavery era and should therefore come down. Those on the other side say that the monuments represent southern pride and that they should stay up. The debate says is why not take down all monuments that supported slavery according to Washington and Jefferson. Taking down the confederate monuments is important today to prevent violensce from occurring from both the white nationalist leaders, such as the KKK and Nazi groups that are left, as well as the counter protesters.
The Texas Western team was risking their lives to play basketball, the klu klux klan came to the hotel were the team was staying. The members of the KKK wrote derogatory and threatening phrases on the walls in blood. If the men from Texas Western were at the hotel while they were there the basketball players could have been killed. Also when the team went to the diner to get breakfast, an african american man from the team went to go to the restroom, and a group of white men beat him up, because of the color of his skin.
Imagine walking through a town plaza and suddenly spotting a bust depicting Adolf Hitler, or a statue of a Nazi Swastika. A passerby may stare in horror upon its recognition, and wonder why a symbol of such hatred and violence is displayed prominently in a town. These statues would incite an uproar and immediate demands to remove such offensive monuments. Thankfully, such a situation would never arise in modern America; however, a similar plight is unfolding across the country concerning the removal of Confederate statues. Confederate statues should not be displayed in public areas because they are reminders of a time when racial violence went unpunished, they are honoring people who wanted to keep other
The black communities all around the world have been overtly attacked. Using the events surrounding the ‘rasism’ issue, the white hate group have blatantly disrespected black people’s freedom of speech, rights, and beliefs. Take the event that happen in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an article structed by Jacey Fortin he explains the horrifying event surrounding the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. The Charlottesville’s chaos was an eye-opening event for the people in Virginia. This quiet town ended up with one person dead and dozen others injured. This dangerous protest transpired due to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. Robert E. Lee was the Confederacy’s top general. The white nationalist come to protest the cities plan to remove this monument. This statue stood in the city since 1924. Over the past few years, residents and city officials felt it was inappropriate. Including the N.A.A.C.P. The residences felt deeply about this matter. The matter supposedly came up as early as
After taking my daughter to visit the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, I knew that this was the topic of choice. During this visit, they allowed the parents to ask open questions about the school and voice their concerns. The main subject of the questions was all about August 2017. August 11-12, 2017 the University of Virginia and the town of Charlottesville was visited by a group of protestors at the Unite the Right Rally which
As many are aware, protesters gathered recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” protest. The protest quickly escalated from a peaceful rally to a violent outcry.
June 7, 1998, 49 year old James Byrd Jr. was murdered in the most notorious and gruesome, stomach turning, hate crimes in recorded history. Late one summer night, as he was walking home from a friend’s house after a party, John William King, along with Lawrence Russell Brewer and Shawn Allen Berry pulled up in a pickup truck offered Mr. Byrd a ride home. He jumped into the bed of their truck and was driven to an isolated wooded area, severely beaten, urinated on, and chained to the back of a truck by his ankles and dragged for over three miles on a bumpy road before the men, later identified as white supremacists, threw what was left of his body- a shredded torso- into a cemetery. Byrd’s severed head, neck and right arm were found nearly a mile away from the cemetery. Police reports indicate that that there was a trail of blood, body parts and personal effects that stretched for more than two miles and that Brewer spray-painted Mr. Byrd’s face with black paint before he was killed.
In the weeks that followed the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the Baltimore police, a group of protestors known as BlackLivesMatter, gathered with the intentions of demanding public awareness over the persistent discrimination and violence that African Americans are subjected to by Police Officers around the Country. Following Mr. Gray’s death, on April 25th of 2015, a small number of protestors attending the B.L.M. protest turned an otherwise non-violent protest into a violent bout of civil disorder which led to several dozen arrests, an estimated 15 officer injuries and mass rioting, looting and burning of the local businesses including a CVS pharmacy. Ultimately, a state of emergency was declared and the National Guard was brought in to resolve the conflicts.
If one were to drive down any random road in South Carolina today, they might spot a Confederate Flag hanging proudly from a building or a house or even a national monument. The ones who support the display of this flag say that it is more to do with cultural history than racism, however, the history that this flag represents is what motivated Dylann Roof to kill nine innocent people in a South Carolina church in 2015. In this day and age, how did something like the Charleston church shooting massacre occur? This essay will explain how racism, although not as common as it was in the past, still exists today and how this racism is connected to the story of Dylann Roof. Although certain racist laws, such as Jim
The call for the removal and the review of such statues in New York City comes weeks after the violent protest between white nationalists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia
As a column of white supremacists marched into Wilmington that November, they sounded the death knell for Reconstruction-era civil rights gains, sending Southern African-Americans on a path of inequality and mistreatment under the early 20th century era of “Jim Crow” – a path that the country would not turn from until the 1960s, as decisions like Brown vs. Board of Education gradually began to turn the tides away from segregation and towards a path of equality and justice for
In a march against segregation and barriers for African-American voting rights, peaceful marchers were exposed to harsh treatment by the police, 50 being hospitalized by the terrorism inflicted on them (civilrights.org). The targeted protest became infamous in the Civil Rights Movement, marked “Bloody Sunday” and was crucial to gaining favor of the public (civilrights.org). The two causes went hand in hand in this, rocketing in support and becoming the main goal of the country - the end of segregation was the most dire problem that the Civil Rights Movement needed to solve. And with the 24th Amendment, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Voting Rights Act of 1965 being ratified, the civil rights movement and the fight to end segregation reached its legal goal (infoplease.com). However, the nation’s mentality needed work - though the popularity of Civil Rights was rising, many riots and racial hate crimes continued to occur throughout the country, with many casualties resulting from them (infoplease.com). The ratification of these laws may have made the “separate but equal” rhetoric illegal for the U.S. but the citizens inside it still battled for their beliefs. As segregation and civil rights become national topics, their
To begin, humans act violently due to their perspective and beliefs. In the book In Cold Blood, Latham goes on a killing spree with his partner York due to their hatred of the world. “‘It’s a rotten world,’ Latham said. ‘There’s no answer to it but meanness. That’s all anybody understands— meanness’” Unlike York, Latham did not grow up in a “comfortable home life” and was instead disowned by both his parents after their separation. In result of being forced to survive on his own at a young age without any money, Latham grew to view the world as unpleasant. Latham’s perspective of the world eventually lead him into believing humans would be better off dead. Unlike Latham, the Ku Klux Klan does not believe everyone is better off dead. In fact, their motive for violence is a product of their belief that white is the superior race. A Ku Klux Klan member stated, “‘Nothing makes us more proud at the KKK than we see white patriots such as James Fields Jr, age 20, taking his car and running over nine communist anti-fascist ... James Fields hail victory’” (The Huffington Post). Despite the fact the Ku Klux Klan did not directly kill Heather Heyer, the terrorist organization, as well as the other terrorist organizations at the white supremacist rally, is responsible for the Charlottesville accident for inciting violence. The Ku Klux Klan has a history of using violence in the name of preserving a white dominant society. Today, the Ku Klux Klan continues to use violence towards