Reaction Paper

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Trinia Stokes
African American Studies
Reaction paper 1

The three topics I have picked for this reaction paper are “HURRICANE KATRINA, THE BOMBING OF BLACK WALL STREET AND GANGS”. I’ve picked these topics because I believe that to this day everything is still about being in control, racism and a touch of slavery which leads to gangs. Hurricane Karina: was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. Most notable in media coverage were the catastrophic effects on the city of New Orleans, La., and coastal Mississippi. Criticism of the federal, state and local governments’ reaction to the storm was widespread. The bombing of Black Wall Street: community was the sight of a happy, affluent Black community but was too much for angry, jealous Whites in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921, a false rumor was enough to spark a mass riot that left hundreds of African Americans dead, and a swath of black homes and business burned to the ground. The saddest fact associated with this historic atrocity is that the U.S government and local media were complicit in the death and destruction. Gangs: the word “gang” comes from “gonge” a term meaning a journey, but later referring to a “gonge” of sailors in the fifteenth century. Gangs originally began in the 1800’s which meant kids of the street. But US had other predecessors than unsupervised street urchins. There were four kinds of gangs which were predecessors of the street gangs of today 1. Secret Societies, 2. Gangs of outlaws and in the Wild West, 3. Racist like the Ku Klux Klan, and 4. “Voting Gangs” tied mainly to the Democratic Party in large cities. Many gangs if armed men were racially mortivated. Racial tensions in the cities like New York were constant, and racist conflict was almost everywhere more violent than nativism..On May 31.1921 a nineteen year old Black male accidentally stumbled on a bumpy elevator and bumped into a seventeen year old White...
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