#BlackhistoryMonth

do you know about elaine phillips?

people from #Louisiana, #Mississippi, #Tennessee, #Alabama & #Missouri might know

just so you know elaine phillips was not a:
woman
man
human

elaine phillips was an horrific event which happened in #Arkansas
2019 - marks 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest US massacres, claiming 200+ black lives

black sharecroppers worked in fields w/o fair share of profits

blacks were the majority population but control of cotton was dominated by whites, who low-balled wholesale prices
#civiljustice
#racism

whites also enacted a system designed to keep blacks in debt to keep control of the community
(familiar)?

so, black farmers gathered at church to unionize

white security guards circled building, shots were fired & a white security officer was killed
a white posse of 1k-1.5k were provided weapons & told to shoot to kill any negro who refused to surrender immediately

the posse banded w/locals & indiscriminately killed men, women & children

five whites died

#goodreads
#ThursdayMotivation
#racism
#WeWontGoBack

#BlackTwitter

black talley:
260+ men arrested over 3 days
162 prosecuted
73 charged w/murder
12 convicted

smithsonianmag.com/history/death-…

.@SmithsonianMag
years later, the elaine phillips massacre & other crimes against blacks led to #SCOTUS decision that would upend years of court-sanctioned injustice against them & would secure the right of due process for defendants placed in impossible circumstances

britannica.com/topic/Fourteen…
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