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A rural town confronts its buried democratic history of mass killings of 800 black Americans

Discussion in 'Race Relations' started by Drumcollie, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Drumcollie

    Drumcollie Ending Racism with or without Hillary

    Feb 10, 2012
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    The Elaine Twelve were a group of black defendants sentenced to death for what transpired in the autumn of 1919, after an all-white jury found them guilty within eight minutes. Black witnesses later testified that they had been tortured into giving false testimonies and the 12 were eventually released – though no white people were ever charged for any crime.

    “It was a kangaroo trial,” said Audrey Evans, a retired federal judge, who is part of the planning committee for the Elaine Massacre Memorial in nearby Helena. They are now preparing to commemorate the town’s bloody and largely forgotten past.

    What happened a century ago is still a point of contention, but the general consensus today is this: a white mob, upset over African Americans organizing to demand fair wages, descended upon a church in the township of Hoop Spur, just up the road from Elaine, on 31 September 1919.

    In the end, hundreds of African Americans were reportedly killed. The most frequently touted number is 237, but some observers say the number could be more than 800, which would make it the deadliest massacre of African Americans in US history.


    Democrats killed up 800 blacks...But they wont tell you this story. What they will say is they all turned Republican...But here is the truth about Elaine, Arkansas, Phillips county

    Phillips County is strongly Democratic. It has voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in all but two elections in the last century.



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