State Sanctioned

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WWII & the Zoot Suit riots

These pages are currently under construction but in the meantime I highly recommend Collective Punishment: Mob Violence, Riots, and Pogroms Against African American Communities (1824 – 1974)A crowd-sourced, interactive map, Collective Punishment documents anti-black mass violence, focusing on mobs and riots instead of lynching.

WWII-era race riots:

1943

Detroit

Harlem

Los Angeles

Post-war riots and mass violence:

1946 – Columbia, TN riot

1946 – Mass lynching in Walton Cty., GA   Prosecutors believed the lynching happened with the knowledge and assistance of Walton County sheriff’s department.  Despite FBI involvement in investigation, grand jury fails to return any indictments.  This incident is discussed in Laura Wexler’s book, Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America.

Japanese Internment

Trump fails history: how the U.S. right’s failure to understand Japanese internment drives anti-Muslim hatred, Salon, December 28th, 2015

Construction and Destruction: Japanese Internment, CN Le, Asian Nation, August 4th, 2015

Bush Approves Internment Camp Preservation, Asian Nation, January 2007

New Internment Pictures Depict Harsher Life, Asian Nation, November 2006

Use of Atomic Weapons

We Didn’t Have to Drop the Bomb, Dennis Kucinich in Real Clear Politics, August 8th, 2015

Other Forms of State Sanctioned Violence During WWII

Pentagon admits it used race-based chemical weapons testing on humans during WWII, Mic, June 23rd, 2015

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