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Jul 19

Necessary Blackness Ep. 29: Michael Imhotep Speaks About St. Louis Riots & Red Summer of 1919

 

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz sits down with Michael Imhotep (The African History Network). Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer and writer covering politics and pertinent issues facing Black America.

Michael Imhotep discusses African-American resistance in the era of Donald Trump, voters suppression, reparation and how elections have consequences. We also spoke with the historian, Michael Imhotep about the St. Louis Riots of 1917 and the Red Summer of 1919.

Marcus Garvey spoke out in anger against the lynching and beatings Blacks suffered at the hands of Whites. “This is a crime against the laws of humanity; it is a crime against the laws of the nation, it is a crime against Nature, and a crime against the God of all mankind.” He also believed that the entire riot was part of a larger conspiracy against African Americans who migrated North in search of a better life: “The whole thing, my friends, is a bloody farce, and that the police and soldiers did nothing to stem the murder thirst of the mob is a conspiracy on the part of the civil authorities to condone the acts of the white mob against Negroes.”

 

 

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