America’s Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered in Arkansas

In 1919, in the wake of World War I, black sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 people dead.


Daily Beast: The visits began in the fall of 1918, just as World War I ended. At his office in Little Rock, Arkansas, attorney Ulysses S. Bratton listened as African American sharecroppers from the Delta told stories of theft, exploitation, and endless debt.

A man named Carter had tended 90 acres of cotton, only to have his landlord seize the entire crop and his possessions. From the town of Ratio, in Phillips County, Arkansas, a black farmer reported that a plantation manager refused to give sharecroppers an itemized account for their crop.

Another sharecropper told of a landlord trying “to starve the people into selling the cotton at his own price. They ain’t allowing us down there room to move our feet except to go to the field.”

No one could know it at the time, but within a year these inauspicious meetings would lead to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. Initiated by whites, the violence—by any measure, a massacre—claimed the lives of 237 African Americans, according to a just released report from the Equal Justice Initiative.

The death toll was unusually high, but the use of racial violence to subjugate blacks during this time was not uncommon. As the Equal Justice Initiative observes, “Racial terror lynching was a tool used to enforce Jim Crow laws and racial segregation—a tactic for maintaining racial control by victimizing the entire African American community, not merely punishment of an alleged perpetrator for a crime.” This was certainly true of the massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas.  Read more..


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  1. This, from John L. O’Sullivan in 1845, “[It is] by right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.” Racism has been built into our national DNA since the beginning. Manifest Destiny is based on the notion that certain Europeans were “chosen” by God to dominate and displace indigenous people in what is now North America. There’s no getting around this simple fact. This is why US so-called Christian Zionists get along so well with the European Ashkenazim who are now doing the very same thing in Palestine. Manifest Destiny and Zionism are two sides of the same coin.

  2. #CRT!! 😱 #CriticalRaceTheory! 🙈

    You’re trying to… ReEducate our kids! Mao! Communism! 😫😭

    SMH, these are the cries now. WHILE we find mass child graves* from the ReEducation Camps in USA: where it literally wasn’t illegal to kidnap N̶a̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ American children until 1978.

    See sanitized NBC News headline:
    “Indian Boarding School Investigation Faces Hurdles in Missing Records, Legal Questions”.

    • The cries of a people who can’t even handle self-evident truth, like that…

      #OpenBorders (& noncitizen voting) #MadeAmericaGreat. (#MAGA!)

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