February 26, 2012 ~ Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black boy, was murdered in Sanford, Florida; police arrested shooter George Zimmerman only after national outcry against claim that Stand Your Ground law barred his prosecution.
February 25, 1886 ~ Anti-Chinese convention in Boise, Idaho, starts a movement, often violent, against Chinese immigrants. Chinese share of Idaho’s population (more than 4,000 Chinese residents) decreased from one-third in 1870 to nearly zero by 1910.
February 24, 1865 ~ Kentucky refused to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery and does not do so until 1976.
February 23, 2020 ~Ahmaud Marquez Arbery (born May 8, 1994), a 25-year-old Black man, was murdered in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, United States. Arbery was jogging when three white men decided to pursue him: Travis McMichael and his father Gregory, who were armed and in one vehicle, and theirContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
February 22, 1898 ~ After Frazier Barker was appointed postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina, enraged white people burned his house, fatally shot him and is infant a daughter. His wife and other children were wounded.
February 21, 1891 ~ A mob of white men in Glynn County, Georgia, hung two Black men, Wesley Lewis and Henry Jackson, from a tree and shot them over 1,000 times, and left them on display for thousands of white spectators.
February 20, 1956 ~ Arrest warrants based on a 34-year-old anti-boycott statute were issued for 89 people in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
February 19, 1942 ~ President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, leading to the forced internment of 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry who lived in the western United States.
February 18, 1965 ~ Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old Black man, was shot by a white cop after police attacked a peaceful civil rights protest in Marion, Alabama and died eight days later.
February 17, 1947 ~ In Greenville, South Carolina, a mob of white men lynched Willie Earle, a 24-year-old black man. The mob slashed chunks of flesh from his body before blasting him with a shotgun; the 31 men charged were all acquitted.