Manifest Destiny gave white vigilantes slaughtering Natives a “personal imperialism”
In 1850, a mob lashed, mutilated & then lynched 16 Chilean miners
In 1871 in Los Angeles a vigilante mob of 500 whites killed 18 Chinese truthout.org/articles/mass-…
In 1882, The Chinese Exclusion Act banned all Chinese immigration.
In 1885, at least 28 Chinese miners were murdered in Wyoming by white members of the Knights of Labor.
From 1922-23, a Los Angeles-based campaign organized by the KKK called “swat the jap” encouraged publicly humiliating Japanese immigrants.
In 1924, the Johnson-Reed Act banned all immigration from Asia.
In his book, Urban Vigilantes in the New South, Robert Ingalls writes, “Vigilantes take the law into their own hands to *reinforce the existing power relationships,* not to subvert them.”
In June 1924, the IWW hall in San Pedro, CA, was attacked by 150 vigilantes & KKK members who kidnapped & beat several men but also dipped CHILDREN present there in boiling coffee
When grape workers from the United Farm Workers went on strike in the summer of 1973, strikers were beaten, shot, and in two cases, killed — one striker was murdered by a Sheriff’s Deputy.
See the crucial reporting this week by @MikeElk:
Throughout 2005, immigrant rights activists successfully confronted the Minutemen with numbers far greater than the vigilantes. latimes.com/archives/la-xp…
(GWB commuted Ramos & Compean‘s sentences)
The law and vigilantes often work together to harm.
So we must act in solidarity with one another to confront them.