We want to make our blogs as positive as possible but we needed to address this..
This week has been especially difficult for us, as the cry out for justice to black lives is still an issue in 2020!
The world has been revealed to the truth and the truth will always stand, as much as any oppressor may try to suppress a black man’s voice, through strength and unity we shall speak, educate and raise as much awareness to eradicate racism. We have put together this blog, with mini stories to educate each other on why we the statement ‘Black Lives matter’ is so important to understand. Here are black history events that are hardly told or discussed.
Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921
On May 30, 1921, a young black teenager named Dick Rowland entered an elevator at the Drexel Building, an office building on South Main Street. At some point after that, the young white elevator operator, Sarah Page, screamed; Rowland fled the scene. The police were called, and the next morning they arrested Rowland. There were further allegations according to one of the newspapers that this was an act of sexual assault, however there is no evidence to show this. As the case went ahead, Sarah Page dropped charges On Rowland. However, at the time World War I had just ended which led to a spike in racial tensions, including the resurgence of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, numerous lynching’s and other acts of racially motivated violence, as well as efforts by African Americans to prevent such attacks on their communities.
As a result of these allegations mobs of white citizens, law enforcement, and Klansmen descended upon and destroyed the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The district was known as “Black Wall Street” due to being the wealthiest black community in the United States at the time.
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The human ZOOs in the western world
Before television, the internet, and the tourism industry, people had no way to experience foreign cultures in an immersive way. Entrepreneurs looking to make a profit and anthropologists who wanted to study these natives in the name of science decided that they could bring human beings from different cultures to the eyes of fascinated white people. They took native people away from their homelands and put them on display in makeshift villages while an audience gawked at them from afar. These were called ethnological exhibitions, or “people shows”. Today, they are remembered as human zoos.
Anthropologist William McGee decided that he wanted to create a human zoo and premiere it at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. His theory was that every race was a different stage of human evolution. African Pygmies were short in stature and lived in huts, so he theorized that they were at the bottom of the barrel in terms of human evolution, with white people being at the very top.
One story that became prominent, was the story of Ota Benga who was kept in the Bronx Zoo in New York and had been told he was being hired to care for the zoo’s monkey. He was gravely mistaken ,as he was held in a monkey house.
His teeth were filed to points, as was customary in his tribe, and the floor of his cage was littered with bones placed there by zookeepers to make him look more threatening. He played the role of the savage and in time was displayed in a cage with apes, a move championed by amateur anthropologist Madison Grant, then secretary of the New York Zoological Society, and future prominent eugenicist.
The New York Times heralded the exhibit with the headline: “Bushman Shares a Cage with Bronx Park Apes.” In the body of the article, Benga was identified as “a Bushman, one of a race that scientists do not rate high in the human scale."
He later commited suicide as he realised that there was no escape.
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The history of how the black human race was treated is revolting and no human should ever have to experience this, therefore, black lives will always matter.
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