“I got my rights!” Marsha Johnson shouted as she slammed a shot glass into a mirror . On a summer night in 1969, the police raided a popular gay bar in New York City as they often did. What was expected to have been the routine raid of a local dive bar quickly escalated because, this time, the patrons decided to fight back. Tired of being harassed, the patrons of the bar resisted arrest, which intensified the situation into a full-scale riot that lasted over the course of five days. Johnson’s “shot glass heard round the world” is rumored to have been one of the many simultaneous catalysts that sparked the historic Stonewall riots.
In 1969, when it was illegal to solicit homosexual relations, gay bars were places LGBT people could go to socialize in safety from harassment. These bars were often subject to police harassment. On the night of the riots, nine police officers arrested employees of the bar for selling liquor without a license, and arrested anyone who wasn’t wearing at least three articles of non-gender conforming clothing. Rather than scattering like people did most of the time, patrons began to throw bottles. The riots continued for five nights and they are considered the first time LGBTQ+ people began to stand together and demand rights.
History Fair Topic Thesis staement: Until the 1960s Americans of the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and other) community were discriminated against and had limited rights. On June 28th, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, A popular gay bar in New York City (Greenwich Village), members of the LGBT+ community was harassed by policemen that night. Outraged civilians rioted until the early morning and had violent protest and demonstrations that lasted 6 days, the Stonewall Riots became a major turning point for gay rights in the United
On Thursday April 30, 1970, President Nixon announced that United States ground troops would cross the border from Vietnam into neighboring Cambodia, which caused students on campus to lead demonstrations. Then, on Friday, the students continued to actively voice their opposition, leading to thousands of other students at campuses across the nation to join them in their cause. However, early in the morning that Saturday, things began to get out of hand with students returning to campus intoxicated. The students were throwing beer bottles, vandalizing property and incited a riot. Over the course of the next couple days, the organized demonstrations gave way to campus wide chaos.
Another article by Jon Pareles titled: “Have Rap Concerts Become Inextricable Linked to Violence?” examines the relationship between Hip-Hop and Rap with violence. He begins with describing what entering a rap concert would be like; a long line on policemen, a metal detector, then being frisked and more police and security guards lining the halls. He also explains how violence and the music has lead to hightened racial tensions among the African American communities. However, those views have been seen as racist. The violence appears to take place in diifernt ways such as, fighting, vandalizing property, and disturbances that occur when people are getting in.
The biggest group against police injustice is Black Lives Matter. In 2012, a fatal gun shot gave rise to one of the biggest movement that the U.S. has seen in years: George Zimmerman shot 17-year old Trayvon Martin. After a year, Zimmerman was declared not guilty by the jury and caused chaos in the streets and schools of Florida. Ash Lee, organizer of Regional South, responded to Zimmerman’s case as “[w]e’re building the bicycle while riding it and being shot at.” In the article “Black Lives Matter” by Dani McClain, he notes that “hundreds of high-school students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties staged walkouts to protest the fact that Zimmerman hadn’t been arrested on any charges”
From Leon’s story when the riot was happening he was in it with Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of other colored people, and when they went to the Town Hall the mayor was behind the National guard then the mayor announced the Jim Crow laws ended and a lot of whites ran to do something but they were arrested. After the big riot, white people were arrested due to trying to attack the black people. “If anyone was caught abusing or throwing rocks or anything, they would be arrested”. That was the mayor when the riot for Civil Rights and that was when the Jim Crow laws were
iii. In the 1920s many urban police departments, especially in large cities such as New York and Chicago, used extralegal tactics against members of Italian-immigrant communities in efforts to crack down on organized crime (Moore). iv. In 1943 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department were complicit in attacks on Mexican Americans by U.S. servicemen during the so-called Zoot Suit Riots, reflecting the department 's history of hostility toward Hispanics (Moore). v. In New York City in 1969, homosexuals and transgender persons were regularly harassed by police and triggered the Stonewall riots (Moore).
Directly upstairs, off duty police officers were having a party too. The Bra Boys gang knew this and chose to start a fight. They threw punches and soon a massive gang fight had started, which injured about thirty officers. Eight people were arrested, none of which were cops. They justified this by saying “the only way out was to fight”, but this simply wasn’t the case.
All of these affairs had been key events that lead up to the explosion that was the Stonewall Riots of June 28, 1969. In Greenwich Village, police raided the Stonewall Inn in the early hours of the morning. They arrested 13 people, including employees and people violating the state’s gender-appropiate statute on clothing. Fed up with the discrimination and constantly being harassed by the police, patrons of the Stonewall Inn and neighborhood residents, including Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the founders of Sweet Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, became quickly agitated after being aggressively manhandled by the police and within a few minute, it became a full on riot, lasting five days. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.
Hommosexuaity was a concept that was well knwon throughout the country yet no one spoke of it because of the ideas that had been formed towards it. But in the 1960s those who identified as gay or lesbian were so inspired by all the civil rights movements happening around them that they also decided to stand up for their cause. Homosexuals were far more free in the late 1900s than they were at anytime of their lives but that didn’t stop the hate crimes that came their way even from police. An infamous night on June 27, 1969 was when police officers that belonged to a village in New York city raided a gay nightclub arresting people whom they believed were regulars, but these kinds of raids were far from unusual, because if police got a wiff
Under the Declaration Independence, it says that everyone has the right to life. In America that does not apply to black people. In the early 1920s, there was a large race riot in Tulsa around 300 innocent black people were killed. It started when black shoe shiner Dick Rowland was arrested after being accused of assaulting a white woman in elevator published by a paper eager to win the local circulation war with the title “To Lynch Negro Tonight”. Whites gathered outside the courthouse of where Rowland was being held to lynch him, blacks came from Greenwood to protect Rowland.
On the day of the trial, Johnson had an alibi, stating he was at the Last Chance Saloon when Nevada was raped, which was supported by many people at the saloon; however, Hixon and Nevada say that Johnson was definitely the rapist (Pfeifer, “United”; “Shipp”). Two days later, Nevada was asked to identify the assailant again, but this time she said that she believed Johnson was the man who attacked her (Pfeifer, “United”;
The news of the invasion struck people with anger and fear throughout America. This led to protests and riots, including the one at Kent State University, where four young lives were lost. The Kent State shooting occurred on the 4th of May in 1970. There was a previous rally three days prior, and coming to a close, they decided to plan the next for the 4th. It was to be held at noon and once advisors had caught news they made it clear that this was to be prohibited.
Black on Black violence in New Orleans Louisiana has risen exponentially ever since the devastation that was Hurricane Katrina, a problem that can be solved by the coming together of the African American community to protect each other’s back. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans Louisiana on August 29th, 2005 and left an impact that could not properly be described by any set of words. The main problem that everyone could see was that a great city had been completely obliterated. The dilemma that was overlooked by practically everyone was that the entire city had shut down. The Mayor at the time, Mayor Ray Nagin called for a mandatory evacuation of the city for the Hurricane, but due to the history of false calls with storms that were said to