After El Paso and Dayton, We Need to Talk About Red Summer 1919

The mass murders over the first weekend of August 2019 echo a history that’s been long forgotten. It was 100 years ago, that hundreds of Americans lost their lives in riots that escalated in what became the Red Summer of 1919. Riots in over 25 major cities around the U.S. consumed the country in violence. These riots were initiated by white mobs activated by “racially charged” rhetoric surrounding the Great Migration.

Map of the Great Migration of Black people from the south to northern cities and California after WWI. Source “The Atlas of African-American History and Politics”.

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Jonita Davis

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Jonita Davis is a writer, film critic, and professor. She’s a member of NABJ, AAFCA, a Rotten Tomatoes critic, author, DetourXP Columnist.