The documentary opens with the 1935 lynching of Reuben Stacy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It then features recent instances involving the noose in various parts of the United States. This shows the producers point to relate these events and make the audience see the racial meaning of the noose in America. They want the public to realize that hanging a noose is not just a prank but is a really offending act among African-American because of the lynchings during the Reconstruction in the U.S. This movie reveals a sign of regress of our society because, most lynching incidents in America which occurred in public spaces and were usually the result of rape allegations involving black male supposedly assailants and white women who were purportedly their victims has not been seeing as a pure act of cruelty and hated from white supremacist calling for “justice”.
Rebellions in Colonial America Rebellions in colonial North America proliferated during times when the white majority was divided against itself. In 1739, the deadliest revolt in Colonial America takes place in Stono, SC. at least 20 whites and more than 40 blacks are killed. In 1773, Massachusetts’ slaves petitioned legislature for freedom, Jan. 6. There is a record of 8 petitions during Revolutionary War period.
Why did the riots of 1981 happen and to what extent did the reaction to the riots reflect institutionalised racism? The race riots that erupted throughout England during 1981 were the result of a growing tensions between the black community and the local police forces. Indeed, 1981 has been described as “an annus mirabilis of UK race relations” (Cashmore & Troyna, 1990). But why was there such tension between the local communities within the affected areas and their local police force? Could steps have been taken to avoid the civil disturbances, the largest seen in the 20th century in Great Britain, that followed?
In Haiti there were mass slave revolts, that were the base for the entire revolution. The ones leading these riots is another similarity; in Haiti Toussaint L’Overture led the slaves in their battle; and in France Maximilien Robespierre lead the radicals. The revolutions also had many differences economically, socially, and politically. First off the economic state in France during the revolution was in chaos. The economy had gone through centuries of overspending and was in major
Why was Aaron Kosminski suspected of being the Whitechapel murderer? According to Melville Macnaghten in his 1894 Memoranda one of the three men who was more likely than Thomas Cutbush to have been Jack the Ripper was “Kosminski” who, according to Macnaghten, was “… a Polish Jew, & resident in Whitechapel. This man became insane owing to many years indulgence in solitary vices. He had a great hatred of women, especially of the prostitute class, & had strong homicidal tendencies; he was removed to a lunatic asylum about March 1889…” Kosminski is of particular interest because, in addition to Macnaghten, the two highest ranking officers, with direct responsibility for the Jack the Ripper investigation, also considered him the to be a strong suspect for the Jack the Ripper murders. In 1910 Sir Robert Anderson, Assistant Commissioner throughout the murders, wrote in his memoirs that "…'undiscovered murders’ are rare in London, and the ‘Jack-the-Ripper’ crimes are not in that category...
Devon Williams September, 2013 2013FA-HIST-1301-81008 Was John Brown A Hero or A Murderer? John Brown was a radical American abolitionist who believed in the violent overthrow of the slavery system and orchestrated the infamous (and unsuccessful) 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry federal arsenal which resulted in his capture and sentencing to death by hanging that same year. Historians agree that Brown’s actions greatly contributed to the start of the civil war and his raid further revealed the division between the North and South. He is often recognized as “America’s first domestic Terrorist”. Brown was born in 1800 in Torrington, Connecticut to an extremely religious and abolitionist family where he first began forming his anti-slavery views.
Several colonists were killed and this led to a campaign by speech-writers to rouse the ire of the citizenry. The presence of British troops in the city of Boston was increasingly unwelcome. The riot began when about 50 citizens attacked a British sentinel. A British officer, Captain Thomas Preston, called in additional soldiers, and these too were attacked, so the soldiers fired into the mob, killing 3 on the spot (a black sailor named Crispus Attucks, ropemaker Samuel Gray, and a mariner named James Caldwell), and wounding 8 others, two of whom died later (Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr). On the evening of March 5, Private Hugh White, a British soldier, stood on guard duty outside the Custom house on King Street, today known as State Street.
Following the Crusades, the Knights Templar were persecuted and many members burned at the stake for their same-sex affairs in the early 14th century. In the Napoleonic wars, four men aboard a British ship were hanged in 1816 for "buggery"; two other crewmen were whipped for "uncleanness" (terms used to describe deviant sexual behavior). There is even research saying General George Washington discharged an American soldier in 1778 for participating in homosexual acts. History is filled with stories of women in battle from all across the world. The ancient Greeks,
Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” contains many different underlying themes, one of which includes the evils of slavery. Melville shows this in Cereno as he “ attempts to strike a balance between people divided by race and class, thus speaking to the new multiracial readership of popular works on slavery” ( Melville 18). Slavery can bring out the evil in individuals when they try to gain dominate control over someone. The same can be said about the slaves about the San Dominick merchant ship. Babo, acting as the leader of the revolt, ordered the brutal slaying of any non useful sailors.
Prejudice has become a complex problem in our society today and much of our world’s history is based upon such hatred. In the 1600′s, white men used Africans as slaves and treated them as if they were not human. “Colored” people were not even allowed to use the same drinking fountains as white people until the mid-1900′s. Hitler and his men killed over five million people because they were Jewish or were not their definition of “normal.” The Ku Klux Klan exists today and openly professes its hatred towards Jews and colored people. Our society is riddled with such hatred based upon peoples’ beliefs and origins and it seems millions are fighting each other for no relevant reason at all.