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1 thought on “Racism”

  1. “The future of the Negro in this country is precisely as bright or dark as the future of the country.”

    James Baldwin

    This most erudite American author and speaker and writer didn’t say “as bright or dark as the future of some of the people in the country”. The implication is that the COUNTRY has to get its shit together and not just some of us – all of us. All of us. We all have to build bridges now, not just some of us who are building the BLM bridges. All of us. The chasm is too wide. All of us have to do it. So keep kvetching. Keep moving rocks to the bridge site. If ALL of us keep moving rocks to the sites (Ferguson, Selma, etc. – see below), we can finally get the bridge build. Lot of people are moving a lot of rocks these day. Keep trying. Don’t give up. Honor those who have come before. This is “GO” time. All the rest of it was preparation. Understand that. Now we have to work together as one nation under God with God’s loving protection. Don’t worry about offending anyone, esp. those who are ill-informed (Bless their hearts!). Just go. Go! Go! Go! Call out people for their racism. As Sean said, do it publicly. Say their names. Freddie Gray. MLK. Michael Brown, etc. Over the life course, about 1 in every 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police. So go join the Wall of Tolerance. Make that pledge. Pledge to honor our infinite human potential to love each in the real way, by standing up to racism and all forms of exclusion, as if demeaning others makes any sense in a world that ultimately rests on the Great Big Shoulders of a loving God. Love. Let’s make a new humanity. Let’s live what we know is right and call out everyone who needs to be called out, and there is a trainload of them. They are all over the place. Fricking all over the place. More than we thought before brother George got murdered, flat out murdered. But now we have better vision, albeit at the cost of his ability to survive having his breathing denied by some guy who thought he was “all that” and his knee. We can stop them if we lose our complacency. Keep your phones at the ready. That 17 year old girl who stood in there is a hero. Record everything. if it’s weird and too much, think of how Walter Scott felt being the recipient of 8 gun shots in his back in North Charleston, SC in 2015. Darnella Fraser is a hero. She shot back at Floyd’s murderer with her phone. Be on the ready. The phones are going to change it all from how it was during the times of the lynchings.

    We have had so many more riots than other countries. Look it up on Wikipedia. Learn about them.

    This is the Wikipedia list, by year:

    Nativist Period: 1700s–1860
    1824: Providence, Rhode Island Hard Scrabble Riots
    Cincinnati riots of 1829
    1829: Charlestown[which?] Anti-Catholic Riots
    1831: Providence, Rhode Island
    1834: Massachusetts Convent Burning
    1834: Philadelphia pro-slavery riots[13]
    1834: New York City pro-slavery riots
    1835: Boston pro-slavery riots
    1835: Five Points Riot
    1835: Snow Riot, Washington, D.C.[14][15]
    Cincinnati riots of 1836
    1841: Cincinnati, Ohio White Irish-descendant and Irish immigrant dock workers rioted against Black dock workers.
    1844: Philadelphia Nativist Riots
    1851: Hoboken Anti-German Riot
    1855: Louisville Anti-German Riots
    Civil War Period: 1861–1865
    Main article: Mass racial violence in the United States § Civil War period 1861–1865
    Reconstruction Period: 1865–1877
    Main article: Mass racial violence in the United States § Post–Civil War and Reconstruction period: 1865–1877
    Jim Crow Period: 1878–1914
    See also: List of riots and civil unrest in Omaha, Nebraska
    1885: Anti-Chinese riot in Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory
    1886: Seattle riot of 1886[16]
    1898: Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, white Democrats overthrew elected government and attacked blacks[17]
    1898: Lake City, South Carolina
    1898: Greenwood County, South Carolina
    1900: Robert Charles Riots
    1900: New York City
    1904: Springfield, Ohio Race Riot[18]
    1906: Springfield, Ohio Race Riot[18]
    1906: Atlanta Race Riot, whites against African Americans[19]
    1906: Brownsville, Texas
    1907: Onancock, Virginia
    1907: Pacific Coast Race Riots of 1907
    1908: Springfield Race Riot of 1908[20]
    1909: Omaha, Nebraska anti-Greek riot
    1910: Nationwide riots following the heavyweight championship fight between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries in Reno, Nevada on July 4
    1910: Slocum, Texas
    War and inter-war period: 1914–1945
    1917: East St. Louis Riot[21]
    1917: 1917 Chester race riot
    1917: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1917: Houston Riot
    Red Summer of 1919
    1919: Washington, D.C.
    1919: Chicago Race Riot of 1919[22]
    1919: Omaha Race Riot of 1919
    1919: Charleston riot of 1919
    1919: Longview race riot
    1919: Knoxville Riot of 1919
    1919: Elaine Race Riot
    1920: Ocoee Massacre
    1921: Tulsa race massacre (Tulsa, Oklahoma)[23]
    1921: Springfield, Ohio Race Riot[18]
    1923: Rosewood massacre (Rosewood, Florida)[24]
    1927: Yakima Valley Anti-Filipino Riot[25]
    1928: Wenatchee Valley Anti-Filipino Riot[25]
    1929: Exeter Anti-Filipino Riot[26]
    1930: Watsonville Riots, Anti-Filipino riot which inspired race riots in San Francisco, Salinas and San Jose and attacks elsewhere.[26]
    1935: Harlem Riot of 1935
    1943: Detroit Race Riot[27]
    1943: Beaumont Race Riot of 1943
    1943: Harlem Riot of 1943
    1943: Zoot Suit Riots
    1944: Agana race riot
    Postwar era: 1946–1954
    1946: Columbia, Tennessee Riot
    1949: Peekskill Riots
    1951: Cicero Race Riot in Illinois
    Civil Rights and Black Power Movement’s Period: 1955–1977
    1958: Battle of Hayes Pond (Maxton, North Carolina)
    1962: Ole Miss riot, Oxford, Mississippi
    1963: Birmingham Riot of 1963, Birmingham, Alabama
    1963: Cambridge riot of 1963 (Cambridge, Maryland)
    1963: Lexington Riot, Lexington, North Carolina[28]
    1964: Harlem Riot of 1964 (Harlem neighborhood, Manhattan, New York City)
    1964: Rochester riot (Rochester, New York)
    1964: Philadelphia 1964 race riot (North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    1965: Watts Riots (Watts neighborhood, Los Angeles, California)
    1966: Division Street Riots (Humboldt Park neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois)
    1966: Hough Riots (Hough community, Cleveland, Ohio)
    1966: North Omaha, Nebraska (North Omaha community, Omaha, Nebraska)
    Long Hot Summer of 1967
    1967: Roxbury riots (Boston, Massachusetts)[29]
    1967: Tampa riots (Tampa, Florida)
    1967: Texas Southern University Riot (Houston, Texas)
    1967: 1967 Detroit riot (Detroit, Michigan)
    1967: Buffalo riot (Buffalo, New York)
    1967: Milwaukee Riot (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
    1967: Minneapolis North Side Riots (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
    1967: 1967 Newark riots (Newark, New Jersey)
    1967: Plainfield riots (Plainfield, New Jersey)
    1967: Cincinnati riots (Cincinnati, Ohio)
    Protests of 1968
    1968: Orangeburg massacre (Orangeburg, South Carolina)
    1968: King assassination riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
    1968: Baltimore riot of 1968 (Baltimore, Maryland)
    1968: Chicago West Side riots (Chicago, Illinois)
    1968: Louisville riots of 1968 (Louisville, Kentucky)
    1968: 1968 Washington, D.C. riots (Washington, D.C.)
    1968: 1968 Wilmington riots (Wilmington, Delaware)
    1968: Glenville shootout and riot (Cleveland, Ohio)
    1969: 1969 York Race Riot (York, Pennsylvania)
    1969: Stonewall Riot (New York, NY)
    1970: May 11 Race Riot (Augusta, Georgia)
    1970: Jackson State killings (Jackson, Mississippi)
    1971: Camden riots (Camden, New Jersey)
    1972–1977: Escambia High School riots (Pensacola, Florida)
    1972: USS Kitty Hawk Riot (Coast of North Vietnam); October 12–13
    1975: Chaffey High School Race Riot enhanced by local sniper (Ontario, California)
    1978 to today
    1978: Houston’s Moody Park on the first anniversary of Joe Campos Torres death.
    1979: Great Brook Valley Projects Riots Worcester, Massachusetts, Puerto Ricans rioted
    1980: Miami riots (Miami, Florida): Reactions following the acquittal of four Miami-Dade Police officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie.
    1980: Chattanooga Riot (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
    1984: Lawrence, Massachusetts Race Riot: A small scale riot centered at the intersection of Haverhill and railroad streets between working class whites and Hispanics; several buildings were destroyed by Molotov cocktails; August 8, 1984.[30]
    1989: Overtown Riot (Miami, FL) After a black motorcyclist was shot by a Hispanic police officer in the predominantly black community of Overtown, residents rioted for two nights. The officer was later convicted of manslaughter.
    1990: Wynwood riot (Miami, FL) Puerto Ricans rioted after a jury acquitted six officers accused of beating a Puerto Rican drug dealer to death
    1991: Crown Heights riot (Crown Heights neighborhood, Brooklyn, New York City), black anti-Jewish mob killed 2, injured 190.
    1992: Los Angeles riots (Los Angeles, California): In reaction to the acquittal of all four LAPD officers involved in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, in addition to the Korean involved in the murder of Latasha Harlins; riots broke out mainly involving black and Latino youths in the black neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles and Korean-American neighborhood of Koreatown before spreading to the rest of the city
    1996: St. Petersburg riots (St. Petersburg, Florida): After Officer Jim Knight stopped 18 yr. old Tyron Lewis for speeding, he claimed to accidentally fire his weapon, fatally wounding the black teenager. Riots broke out, lasting 2 days.[citation needed]
    2001: Cincinnati riots (Cincinnati, Ohio): In a reaction to the fatal shooting of an unarmed young black male, Timothy Thomas by Cincinnati police officer Steven Roach, riots broke out over the span of a few days.
    2003: Benton Harbor riots (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
    2005: 2005 Toledo riot (Toledo, Ohio): A race riot that broke out after a planned Neo-Nazi protest march through a black neighborhood.
    2006: Fontana High School riot (Fontana, California): Riot involving about 500 Latino and black students[31]
    2006: Prison Race Riots (California): A war between Latino and black prison gangs set off a series of riots across California[32][33]
    2008: Locke High School riot[34] (Los Angeles, California)
    2009: 2009 Oakland riots (Oakland, California): Peaceful protests turned into rioting after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Oscar Grant, by a BART transit policeman.
    2014–2015: The Ferguson unrest, a series of riots break out in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of Michael Brown.
    August 2014: riots for two weeks after the initial shooting of Michael Brown.
    Late November and early December 2014: riots for one week after the police officer who shot Michael Brown was not indicted.
    August 2015: riots for two days during the anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown.
    2015: The Death of Freddie Gray was an incident in which a suspect died in police custody and later protests turned into riots in Baltimore.
    2016: The Shooting of Abdullahi Omar Mohamed sparked riots on the night of the shooting.
    2020: The Death of George Floyd caused days of rioting in the Minneapolis-St Paul, MN metro area. This has further spread to the cities of NYC, LA, San Jose, San Francisco, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Baltimore, Portland, Dallas, Denver, St Louis, Oakland, Cincinnati, Bakersfield, Seattle, Boston, Memphis, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Columbus, Kansas City, Sacramento, Omaha, Louisville, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Fort Worth, Richmond, Philadelphia, Visalia, Nashville, Buffalo, Rochester, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, San Antonio, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Miami, Norfolk, Reno, Madison, Charleston, Santa Monica, Houston, Paducah and many other major cities within the US.

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