In Baltimore slang, that is considered going for a “rough ride.” David Von Drehle, highly educated in the roots of a riot, explained how the “rioting broke out after Gray’s funeral on April27—a night of arson, looting and brick throwing that led the mayor to declare a 10 p.m. citywide curfew as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called out the National Guard” (Drehle 36). The excessive and unnecessary use of deadly force is a disgrace to what American morals stand for and something needs to be done about
The Chicago Race Riots of 1919 was a major conflict that began in Chicago Illinois because of racial tension between black and whites because of cultural differences. The Chicago race riots is also referred to as the “Red Summer” because of all the bloodshed that took place the summer after World war 1. The race riots began on July 27th, 1919 and ended August 3rd, 1919. On the first day of the riots thirty eight people died, 23 were black, 15 were white and 537 people. The race riots are a part of Chicago’s history that had a major affect on racial, political and social problems.
The year 1919 was the most horrific year in American history in terms of racial violence. David F. Krugler clearly describes the horrendous events that occurred during this year in his book 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back. According to the book, "Between late 1918 and 1919, the United States recorded ten major race riots, dozens of minor, racially charged clashes, and almost 100 lynchings as white Americans tried to enforce the continued subjugation of black Americans in the postwar era" (Krugler 3). Extremely violent mob attacks and the lynching of African Americans were very common occurrences throughout the entire country with some states having more acts of violence than others. I thought Krugler's book was an incredibly informative read because it gave honest, raw details of anti-black acts of violence and was focused on various African Americans' perspectives during this critical time.
The underrepresentation of the lowers classes caused them to March on Washington because they were arrested and sent home, being ignored once again by the government. The increasing numbers of the unemployed caused tension between social classes, one example being the march to Washington, led by Jacob Coxey, an American politician from Ohio. They crowd demanded the federal government to pay 500 million dollars to fund public works programs to create jobs, ending with the protest leaders being arrested, and the crowd being sent home. Wilson-Gorman Tariff (1894)- The Wilson-Gorman tariff is on the first level of good because the government finally recognized the lower class struggle, and provided financial help to those in debt. The Wilson-Gorman Tariff was a response to the government borrowing 65 million dollars from J.P. Morgan, in order to stop the “gold drain”, after Cleveland removed the Sherman Silver Purchase, which the people interpreted as the government favoring rich eastern bankers.
Lynch mobs led by racist towns members gather at the jail with the motive to kill Robinson, although the mob ends up breaking up due to Scout’s comments. The towns racism then skews the verdict of the trial and Robinson is found guilty of the crime. Later, Robinson is killed when he tries to escape from jail. Jem and Scout are also attacked by Bob Ewell, a prominent racist, because of their father’s attempt at defending
Clashes between Mexican-Americans and military personnel continued in the days and weeks to come. The play Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, underscores the Zoot Suit Riots that occurred historically in Los Angeles during the 1940’s following the infamous trial “The Sleepy Lagoon”. The play follows Henry Reyna, leader of the 38th Street Gang, along with with the gang’s members and Henry’s family, while seeking to combat the racial prejudice of the era. The play dramatizes injustice in order to educate and awaken responses towards acts of injustice that occur in today’s society such as racial profiling, bias judicial system, and bias media (yellow journalism) that are still present in society
Even the origin of Columbus Day is horribly depressing Starting in the late 1800s, a wave of Italian immigrants started coming to America. Instead of welcoming them with open arms, much of the country reacted with revulsion—inventing a litany of derogatory stereotypes (like "swarthy") and even forming lynch mobs to kill Italians. In 1891, one of the largest mass lynchings in American history took place in New Orleans after nine Italians were acquitted of murdering the city 's police chief. An angry mob decided to drag them from their jail cells, along with a pair of other Italians who were being held on unrelated charges, and lynched them all. In the early 1900s, leaders in the Italian-American community, most notably the Roman Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus, pushed to get the government to honor Columbus Day as a way to convince Americans to stop being so racist
Not long since the 20th century, there were violent manifestations of hostility toward African-Americans in the North and South. Between 1900 to 1908, anti-black riots broke out in cities such as New York, and in scattered locations in the South. One of the most important civil rights organizations, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed partly in response to the high rates of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois which was the resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. As a matter of fact, African-Americans were actually lynched within half a mile of President Lincoln’s home. Their cup was filled, and they hardly had the voice to cry out against this outrage.
In the last decade, publicized events of police violence have exploded. The force of people that were meant to serve and protect have become one of the most criticized facets of society. With more and more visibility of misconduct on the news, people have taken up ideological arms against these biased actions. After the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and acquitment of vigilante George Zimmerman for the crime, #BlackLivesMatter became a call to action to stop the dehumanized violence perpetrated against blacks. In response to this movement, #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter has been cried out.
The Los Angeles riots began on April 29, 1992. The riots started because four white police officers beat Rodney King, an African American. Rodney had been pulled over by police after an eight-mile chase and then refused to get to the ground. A man had videotaped the scene and it was broadcasted in the United States (Wallenfeldt). Jeff Wallenfeldt, the author of the article published on Britannica, wrote, “Although many Angelenos in the late 20th century prided themselves on their city’s ethnic diversity, there was a strong feeling on Los Angeles’s minority communities that the city’s predominantly white police force practiced racial profiling and engaged in racist brutality against African Americans and Hispanics” (Wallenfeldt).