Recently, in Orlando, Fla. a 29 year-old gunman entered a gay nightclub and murdered 49 people and injured 53 others. Then the gunman, an American of Afghan descent who reportedly pledged allegiance to “The Islamic state” was killed in a shootout with the police.
Afterwards headlines declared Orlando the “deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history”, and the assertion was immediately challenged on social media with old newspaper clippings featuring carnage in East St. Louis in 1917.
One image sharer wrote, “As tragic as the Orlando massacre was it’s not the worst in U.S. history. Here African-Americans were massacred, but the media does not want us to know.” Another said, “When it comes to history tell the whole story.”
Let’s take that advice.
In 1917 The Great Migration was in progress. That spring two thousand Blacks arrived in St. Louis per week to meet increased labor demands.