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138 "Red Summer 1919" Arika Elizenberry Oh, Amerikkka, Amerikkka— land of freedom, democracy. Is that what they call it? Humph... My Uncle John Hartsfield was strung from a sweet gum tree in Ellisville. Screaming for his life-- rioters cut off his fingers, hoisted him up, and released two thousand bullets into his lifeless body. Photos of him were sold for fifteen cents. Remember my Uncle Willie Brown? Rioters in Omaha strung him from a lamppost, shot him dead, and-- set his corpse aflame. A cluster of ivory faces grinned with satisfaction. Remember my Uncle Joe Ruffins’ boys— Henry and John Holiday? Rioters in Carswell Grove bound their necks, shot them, and fed them to the flames of a church. Celebratory laughs followed. Amerikkka, your spurned green-eyed monsters killed my uncles in Knoxville— killed my aunts in Chicago— 139 killed my cousins in Charleston. Solving the black problem with knives, guns, bats, and bricks-- protecting their freedom. Meanwhile, the blood of my kin lay slain from coast to coast in the name of equality, your democracy, Amerikkka. ...

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ISBN
9780797496989
Related ISBN
9780797486164
MARC Record
OCLC
1056749179
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-14
Language
English
Open Access
No
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