Now would be a good time for the old professor to interject some history into the news of the riots….what better time to learn some history if you are staying indoors….
There have been many riots over the years here in the good old USA….Haymarket, Watts, Tulsa, Detroit and so forth….let’s put them into context…..
The Haymarket Riot kicked off on May 4, 1886, after a bomb thrown from the crowd exploded in front of a squadron of policemen. All in all, 11 people died, making the Haymarket Riot one of the least deadly riots in American history.
You read that correctly. The infamous labor riot at Haymarket Square in Chicago was one of the least deadly riots in American history. But if the famous Haymarket Riot of the late 19th century doesn’t even come close to cracking the Top 10, which riots do, and why are they so much bloodier than the more famous labor clashes?
The answer is this: Race riots have been deadlier, and they have been the bane of America’s social stability since the 13 original states federated. In fact, institutionalized racism has been a horrific burden on the otherwise extraordinary case of the United States as an experiment in self-governance.
Adding to the race riots are clashes between nativist groups and immigrants. Race and immigration easily trump organized labor’s struggles when it comes to mob violence in the United States, and without further ado, here are the 10 deadliest riots in American history.
One “famous” riot that was left out of the list was the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943…..may not have been all that deadly but it did pit one ethnic group against the US Navy…..
The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of violent clashes during which mobs of U.S. servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians brawled with young Latinos and other minorities in Los Angeles. The June 1943 riots took their name from the baggy suits worn by many minority youths during that era, but the violence was more about racial tension than fashion.
As a service I provide a video for those too lazy to read….
Can you think of any riots that need to be added to the list?
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