Stories tagged: "Wilmington Massacre"


George White had an astounding political career, beginning in 1881 with his election from Craven to serve in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1885 he served in the State Senate. In 1896 White moved to Tarboro and launched a successful bid for a national seat. Voters in what was called the “Black Second” Congressional District, had already sent three African Americans to Congress. White was elected twice, and was the last remaining Black US Congressman when he introduced the first antilynching bill in 1900.
This NC Lawmaker Called for an Antilynching Law 100 Years Ago. This Week, We Got One.

The US will finally make lynching a federal crime, after more than a century of attempts. C&P looks at the long road to justice. It only took 122 years to declare lynching a federal hate crime, after a long-sought bill passed Congress this week.  The Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed the US House with three...

A mob of white supremacists murdered dozens of Black locals and ran Black leaders out of town in 1898 during the Wilmington Massacre. Here the mob stands outside the ruins of Wilmington's Daily Record, the only Black-owned paper in the state. (Public Domain Image)
North Carolina’s Wilmington Massacre and Trump’s Insurrection Really Aren’t So Different

Madmen, mobsters, and racists took NC to a dark place 123 years ago. I fear Trump-backed insurrectionists would lead us to a similar hell.