On this day of remembrance of the worst massacre of African-Americans in US history, I call on people to remember three other events:
The Waco Lynching of 1915 of Jesse Washington
The execution of the youngest person in the 20th century, George Stinney Jr
And the worst attack on a African-American child in the 20th century in the murder of Emmett Till
African-Americans have been brutalized for decades and this needs to stop. Brutalization isn’t just physical violence, but economic violence with “red-lining,” social violence in the stereotypes used for African-Americans (some that African-Americans put on themselves), and legal violence in the police brutality/longer sentences for African-Americans convicted for the same crimes as their white counterparts.
We should never forget these or any act of brutality against any group of Americans. As Ozzy Osbourne said in “Crazy Train;”
Maybe it’s not too late/To learn how to love/And forget how to hate.