By: Marcus Lacewell
amazes me how the majority of this city's government continues to deny part of
our colorful history. Each year, during Black History Month, Wilmington's
misconceived racial flaw is treated as a badge of honor.
An example of the partial history that is rarely told, is the 1898 Wilmington Race Riots. They don't tell of the white supremacists shooting black citizens in the streets.
It became clear to black
southerners that the federal government was not going to come to their
aid, and this sparked the great migration of
African Americans to the north.
black woman, who witnessed the massacre, wrote to the Attorney General. She
asked him, "Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave? How
can the Negro sing my country 'tis of thee?"
never understood people's response to this dark history. They say, "There were many mistakes made. We
have learned and realize our mistakes."
it's not the history that I don't understand. It is the constant sharing of
only the 'good' history, without showing the presence of resistance.
If it is claimed that history holds many mistakes, why glorify only part of this infested history? This sends mixed signals.
We see this in apartheid, the holocaust, etc. And, we continue to experience it in the current events of our time.