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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

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African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

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December 5th, 2013
thesmithian

…there is one other factor, almost never discussed, that has contributed greatly to the decline [of prison riots]: the development of elite security squads trained to preempt and put down prison disorder of every kind. Often known as Correctional Emergency Response Teams, they have become ubiquitous in correctional facilities over the past 30 years.

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October 15th, 2013
thesmithian
Where are the riots, where is the looting and the pillage?

…one perplexed Weibo user asked, echoing the sentiment of many sporting the #美国政府关门 (#USgovernmentshutdown) hashtag.

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August 4th, 2013
thesmithian

The riot and militarisation of the prison comes a day after the release of a report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which said that inmates control Honduras’ 24 prisons because the state has abandoned its role in rehabilitating people convicted of crimes. The government says there are 12,263 people incarcerated in Honduras, even though its prisons can only hold 8,120 inmates. Killings, riots and corruption are common.

more. also, see this, re the fire of February 2012, which killed 350+ prisoners.

…many of them trapped and screaming inside their cells…

July 17th, 2013
thesmithian

Dinkins tiptoes out of his courtly public persona to berate Rudolph W. Giuliani…and to take a swipe at a fellow Democrat, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo…Dinkins…admits some missteps, including a failure to contain race riots in Crown Heights…Mr. Dinkins offers insights into his views on race, a subject that he typically skirted as [New York City’s] first African-American mayor, and into how being black shaped his personality…

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July 15th, 2013
thesmithian
Melissa Harris-Perry…explained this weekend that ‘race riots’ is a biased term that dismisses the underlying calls for justice which [are] often the primary purpose for protests by black and brown people. She highlighted the key fact that in America’s history the worst “race riots” featured violent attacks perpetrated by whites against blacks: The Tulsa race riot of 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida riots of 1923. In Tulsa, a mob of armed white men charged into a black neighborhood, burning homes, killing over 300 victims and leaving an estimated 8,000 people homeless. In Rosewood, a series of lynchings escalated into hundreds of angry white rioters killing an unknown number of black citizens and leaving the entire town in waste. Yet white rage is never articulated by America’s law enforcement as a reason to fear or…organize against. White males aren’t stopped by police in disproportionate numbers nor frisked before entering movie theaters and first-grade classrooms. But there are many angry white people out there.
Edward Wyckoff Williams, at Salon
July 10th, 2013
thesmithian

Millennials also get to see Asian American faces in the media, another gain that generations past did not have. While these Millennials might not dismiss racism against Asians out of hand, they do somewhat dismiss the relevance of such racism to their own lives. Tony Lam’s documentary Vincent Who? is a compelling confrontation of how much our community has forgotten between Gen X and Gen Y. Around 2009…college students were asked whether they knew Vincent Chin, to which they responded no. One said, “um, from the riots or something? um, a long time ago?” To another, the interviewer explained that Chin was a Chinese American who was murdered in 1982. The student replied…“That was before I was born, so…”

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June 20th, 2013
thesmithian

The [Canadian] bill creates a new Criminal Code offence that makes it illegal to wear a mask or otherwise conceal your identity during a riot or unlawful assembly. Exceptions can be made if someone can prove they have a “lawful excuse” for covering their face such as religious or medical reasons. The bill originally proposed a penalty of up to five years, but the…committee…doubled the penalty to up to 10 years in prison for committing the offence.

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art: from a Greek protest

June 7th, 2013
thesmithian

…goes beyond the familiar marches and leaders to focus on movie theaters, skating rinks, dance halls, city parks, amusement parks, and swimming pools as places of struggle. In doing so, she brings in a new cast of characters—children, teenagers, mothers—and shows how the battles over access to urban leisure…extend well past the March on Washington…

more. plus an interview (audio) with the author, here.

April 29th, 2013
thesmithian

[It’s the] 21st anniversary of the uprising in L.A…after the Rodney King trial verdict…“Sa-I-Gu,” Korean for April 29, opens a window on Korean American women in Los Angeles whose stores—and lives—were devastated during in the aftermath.

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[It’s the] 21st anniversary of the uprising in L.A…after the Rodney King trial verdict…“Sa-I-Gu,” Korean for April 29, opens a window on Korean American women in Los Angeles whose stores—and lives—were devastated during in the aftermath.

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April 13th, 2012
thesmithian

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the LA riots set off by the acquittals of city cops who beat King after a traffic stop. He also weighs in on one aspect of the Trayvon case…”The horrifying sound of a young black male screaming for his life on a 911 call reminded me of my horrifying scream on a videotape 20 years ago,” King says. “It’s a death scream.”

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art: artist’s drawing of King as he testified in the 1991 federal trial.

March 9th, 2012
thesmithian

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama broke bread with a group of small-dollar donors to his re-election campaign…Obama’s campaign staged its third “Dinner with Barack” event at Boundary Road, a restaurant along Washington’s H Street, a once riot-scarred corridor that has undergone a massive redevelopment.

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February 2nd, 2012
thesmithian

“Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots” is scheduled to premiere in April 2012. The…documentary will be told from the perspective of rappers, musicians, and victims who lived through the…L.A. Riots in April of 1992. Over the four days….53 people died and 12000+ were arrested. The doc will feature never-before-heard stories from artists who were effected by and/or participated in the riots, including Too Short, Big Boi, Nas, KRS-One, DJ Yella, and…others.

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