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Mass lynchings: America’s forgotton 1919 atrocity

A horrible reality happened in 1919 — 56 years after slavery ended, 143 years after the Star Spangled Banner was written

At the end of World War I in 1919, Black sharecroppers in Arkansas began to unionize, triggering a mass atrocity by angry Whites — lynchings of 237 Blacks

People, Black and White say forget about slavery; let it go. But this horrible reality spoken about in this video happened in 1919 — 56 years after slavery ended. It was also 143 years after the Star Spangled Banner was written. Think about that for a moment. You should come to some obvious conclusions.

We must never forget this atrocity, nor should we ever forget slavery. It is seared in American history. America never atoned for these unspeakable horrors. These 237 souls — someone’s mother, father, sister, brother — were forgotten in history.

This should be an example to African-Americans everywhere why the fratricide among us, the reckless murder of one another must cease. Haven’t we been slain enough by others, than to turn the blood-stained saber against ourselves?

Blacks with blood on their hands are gravely deceived and don’t know it. The guilty must break loose from the grasp of the enemy of God and man. His chains of darkness envelop you. You can’t see them, nor can you feel them, but they are there.

READ MORE: Never Forget: America’s Forgotten Mass Lynching

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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