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Our media is reporting mixed messages and does not reflect the history of this country.

"Why do they burn down their own neighborhood?"

It is only a few hundred mostly young black men who are making their way from store to store to pillage and burn, while 20,000 other black residents are protesting peacefully, or are at home, not destroying local stores.

The 1619 Project

America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One

Through centuries of black resistance and protest, we have helped the country live up to its founding ideals. And not only for ourselves — black rights struggles paved the way for every other rights struggle, including women’s and gay rights, immigrant and disability rights.

8 Successful and Thriving Black Communities Destroyed by Racist White Neighbors

When the Civil War ended, African Americans in Atlanta began entering the realm of politics, establishing businesses, and gaining notoriety as a social class. Increasing tensions between Black wageworkers and the white elite began to grow and ill-feelings were further exacerbated when Blacks gained more civil rights, including the right to vote.

Atlanta Race Riot (1906)
Greenwood , Tulsa, Oklahoma “Black Wall Street” (May 31 – June 1, 1921)
Chicago Race Riots (1919)
Rosewood Massacre (1923)
Washington, D.C. Race Riots (1919)
Knoxville, Tennessee Race Riots (1919)
New York City Draft Riot (1863)
The East St. Louis Massacre (1917)

The Bath Riots: The dark history of "gasoline baths" at the border

The riots were sparked by the dehumanizing and deadly practices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which required Mexicans to "strip naked and be disinfected with various chemical agents, including gasoline, kerosene, sodium cyanide, cyanogens, sulfuric acid, and Zyklon B before gaining entry into the United States." Zyklon B, the fumigation of choice on the U.S.-Mexico border, was later used in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany. Police officers were also accused of taking and sharing nude photography of Mexican women bathers.