Reconstruction: America after the Civil War

This is an awesome documentary showing the failures of reconstruction after the Civil War and the cliff that black Americans were pushed over when it was decided that it was too much to continue to bother with ensuring equality for ALL LIVES (even the black ones!)

At one point shortly after the Civil War there were dozens of black elected officials all over the country and they were mocked in cartoonish fashion in the press. Powerful elites who did not like seeing so many black Americans gain power used the press to present the situation as if savages had gained control over our ruling bodies. The cartoons depicted subhuman caricatures like a pack of apes slinging poo in the halls of our government.

In reality many of these black men and women were far more refined than their average white counterpart. They had to be. They’d just recently been considered slaves. Often you will find that the lengths to which black Americans went at the time to prove their worth are a little outlandish. That’s where we get some of our modern caricatures of the “learned black man” who speaks more like a master of poetry than an average person.

They had to be ultimate scholars, consummate businessmen, or impeccable leaders of their community to get any power at all. They took pride in improving not just themselves, there was a common belief that they were improving themselves to prove the worth of their race to an American citizenry that had up until then treated them as nothing more than disposable labor because of it.

Please do take the time to watch this 4 part series! 😃

https://www.pbs.org/weta/reconstruction/episodes/hour-one/

“Ax Handle Saturday” in Jacksonville on August 27, 1960

Victim of "Ax Handle Saturday" attack on peaceful black protesters in Jacksonville, Florida on August 27, 1960.
Victim of “Ax Handle Saturday” attack on peaceful black protesters in Jacksonville, Florida on August 27, 1960.

Many of the good Christian white folks of Jacksonville in 1960 did not like an influx of young black people to their lunch counters. As tensions developed so did protests and eventually at least 200 white people attacked the protesters with axe handles, bats, and other weapons.

“𝗪𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝘅 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗺𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆, 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀-𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆.”

It’s so obvious that a big part of where we are today is sweeping the ugly truths of the past under the rug and dismissing them with words like “tensions”, “agitators”, and generic “race riots” (which in my experience puts all the blame on black people).

The South has an epidemic of sweeping our ugly past under the rug and reframing it as “Heritage, not hate”. There is a huge difference between hearing briefly about generic “race riots” and learning that white people handed out ax handles to go beat a group of peaceful protesters. That’s a fucking terrorist attack by today’s standards. “Race riot”… Doesn’t sit well with me at all to describe this situation. Wholly inadequate.

Most of the photos are from Rodney L. Hurst’s website. He was the NAACP Youth Council President at the time. He also gives some of this thoughts on the matter here:

http://www.rodneyhurst.com/blog/february-03rd-2019

More info from the Florida Historical Society:

https://myfloridahistory.org/frontiers/article/32

Article with the quote about the blackout on coverage at Jacksonville newspapers:

https://www.floridatoday.com/…/youth-protest-jack…/14950827/

Police Officer Pulls Protester’s Mask Down and Pepper Sprays Him in the Face – George Floyd Protest

A Police Officer is seen on video in a crowded protest area yanking down the mask of a young protester and spraying him right in the face with pepper spray. This was recorded May 31, 2020 during the George Floyd / Black Lives Matter Protests 2020. Not sure of Police Department, possibly NYPD?

Police Officers Shoot Black Teen in Face With Rubber Bullet in Sacramento, California

During protests on the evening of May 31, 2020, a black teenager was shot in the face with a rubber bullet or some other kind of less than lethal round. He was carried away by another protester while bleeding profusely from the face. This took place in Sacramento, California on May 31, 2020 during the George Floyd / Black Lives Matter Protests.

Vehicle Attacks and Collisions on George Floyd / Black Lives Matter Protesters in the United States

There have been a lot of attacks and collisions on crowds of US protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Police Officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here is the first part installment of compilations I will make of them.

Locations in the video:

1) Lakeland, Florida
2) Tallahassee, Florida
3) Unknown, USA
4) Minneapolis, Minnesota
5) Minneapolis, Minnesota
6) Santa Clara, California
7) Oakland, California
8) New York City, New York
9) Brooklyn, New York

Please comment any new vehicle attacks and collisions with George Floyd & Black Lives Matter protesters. I will be making various compilations and uploads from the protests to preserve the clips for all to see.