In 1917, in East St. Louis, many white working men felt that blacks were threatening their political and social status. After workers of a labor union at an aluminum plant went on strike in April of 1917, the plant hired blacks to do the work. When a militia, of both white and black, destroyed the strike the whites blamed the blacks for the defeat of the strike. A rioted was started, when whites began to burn and demolish black’s buildings. Many blacks were also beaten, and the only thing that the police did was to take the injured to the hospital.
Post World War I Oklahoma had a racially and politically tense atmosphere around the 20th century, lynchings were a part of a continuing effort by whites to assert and maintain white supremacy (“Tulsa Race”). The race riot was one of the worst urban racial conflicts in history, In 1921 an estimated 50 dead, hundreds injured, and more 1,000 owned homes and businesses destroyed by whites against blacks (Christensen). The commercial section of greenwood which included 191 businesses, a Jr high school, and churches and the only hospital were destroyed (“Tulsa Race”). The Tulsa Tribune reported that Dick Rowland had attempted to rape Sarah Page according to the eye witnesses, there had been talk of lynching the following evening (Ellsworth). The Tulsa Tribune which was one of two white papers in Tulsa describing the alleged incident with the headline “Nab negro for attacking girl in an elevator”, the tribune also included an
One man was so furious about the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr. that he hurled a Molotov cocktail through a store front window without realizing his grandmother resided in the upstairs apartment (Burns, Rebecca p. 29). This is an illustration of how resentment can make a person proceed without thinking clearly. Had he stopped to think about the consequences first, his grandmother’s home would not have been destroyed. There were riots reported in more than 100 cities across the United States (Rosenthal, H). Riots were reported in Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, and Detroit just days after the announcement of King’s death (Davey, M. p.25).
The Jim Crow South managed to find a loop hole in the constitution and keep freed African Americans under strict regulations, known as the Jim Crow Laws. These laws led to the Plessy versus Ferguson case of 1896 which further sparked the already ignited controversy of the Jim Crow Laws. The laws upheld legal segregation in the South and left a long standing impact among African Americans in the country. The fight for equality led to riots such as the Springfield Race Riot of 1908 in Illinois. Many people such as Ned Cobb and Barbara Johns rose up against the laws in order to claim the right of equality among all African Americans.
The group of men devised a plan and drove around the city looking for a black man to kill. Michael Donald was walking home alone when the two saw him. They pulled over, asked him a few questions, then pulled out the firearm and pointed it towards Michael and demanded he get in the vehicle. They kept driving ... ... middle of paper ... ...ed before he could be retried. Henry Hays continued to protest his innocence until his execution on June 6, 1997.
Immediately after Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman were found dead, on June 12, 1994, outside Brown’s home in California OJ Simpson was a suspect (Linder, 2000). He was a retired football player then living a short distance from Brown’s home. Being that he was a black male accused of killing two whites, the racial tensions were already brewing. The importance of race in this case was thought about before the start of the trial especially concerning the jury. The prosecution had decided to conduct the jury selection in downtown Los Angeles even though the crime had happened in Santa Monica.
Her siblings find Tonya later that day, barely alive, her father, Carl Lee Hailey., and the black community are outraged. Tonya’s missing shoe is found in the back of the yellow pick up truck and both men are arrested for rape and attempted murder. Carl Lee confronts his lawyer, Jake Brigance , about similar cases where the white criminals were let off or given light sentences for similar charges, which enrages Carl Lee further. Carl Lee asks if Jake will stand by him in a jam, Jake promises he will. The next morning Carl Lee shoots the two men on the way to their arraignment, both men die and a cop is shot and loses his leg.
After the death of Martin Luther King Jr., waves of disorder spread through the African American sections of more than 120 cities across the nation; however, the heaviest damage was done in the nation’s capitol of Washington D.C. (Gilbert 15-16). I am arguing that the cause of the riots was white people who antagonized and aggravated African Americans to an unbearable point. African Americans turned to militancy in hopes that it would bring some attention to the problems they were facing. During this time period, radical militant black power leaders also traveled to Africa and other third world countries to call for revolutions. The conditions of the cities where many of the uprisings occurred were deteriorating.
The North Side gangs was really getting on Al Capone’s nerves, so he sent his best hit men, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn and others to make a new murder history. The men stole a police car, and drove to the place they were about to attack. There were seven men that belonged to the North Side gang. The hit team had all seven men stand up and face the wall. The seven complied, expecting a pat down search for weapons and identification.
Another shocking incident of police brutality occurred in Reynoldsberg, Ohio. A group of offices named themselves “S.N.A.T.” squad. This acronym stood for “Special Nigger Arrest Team” and they made it a point to harass African Americans whenever. “The number of people killed by police has gone down from the middle 1970's to the middle 1980's in major cities,” says Patrick V. Murphy, former head of police commissions in Detroit, New York, and Washington, D.C. (C.C. 17).