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#OTD Sept 30, 1919: The Elaine Massacre takes place. During what was known as the #RedSummer, Black Arkansas sharecroppers, meeting to unionize for better working conditions & pay. White landowners raided the meeting killing hundreds.
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#OTD Sept 30, 1919: The Elaine Massacre takes place. During what was known as the #RedSummer, Black Arkansas sharecroppers were meeting to discuss forming a union & demand better working conditions & pay. White landowners raided the meeting killing hundreds.
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#OTD Sept 30, 1919: The Elaine Massacre takes place. During what was known as the #RedSummer, Black Arkansas sharecroppers meeting to unionize were killed by white landowners. Hundreds were massacred.

“There’s still racial healing that needs to take place”
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#tdih 1919 #RedSummer Black sharecroppers met in Elaine, Arkansas to organize for fair pay for cotton. More than 100 of them were massacred by white supremacists. 12 Black men were sentenced to death for the "riots." #terrorism #teachoutsidetextbook zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/elai…
Elaine Massacre 1919. Textbooks barely mention Red Summer, and when they do, they "downplay both racism and Black resistance, while distorting facts in a dangerous 'both sides' framing." Read "If We Knew Our History" essay below by @LadyOfSardines

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"The terrible 'crime' these men had committed was to organize their members into a union for the purpose of getting the market price for their cotton." -- Ida B. Wells in a booklet she wrote called "The Elaine Riot." Read primary doc in full online here: archive.org/details/TheArk… Image
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1/ A conservative friend of mine argued at various times and in different contexts (including racial preferences or affirmative action), that slavery ended in 1865, he had nothing to do with it, so why don't African-Americans "just get over it." #RaceMatters
2/ Yes, slavery ended in 1865 and while it contributed greatly to the wealth of white America, African-Americans were given nothing in return as the government reneged on its promise of 40 acres and a mule after the end of the Civil War. #RaceMatters pbs.org/wnet/african-a…
3/ Compare this to the Homestead Act of 1866 which transferred an area of land in the west the size of CA and TX (10% of all US land) to whites who need only improve it for 5 years and file a deed. aeon.co/ideas/land-and… #RaceMatters
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