This Week in White Supremacy #96: Eight Heartbreaking Cases Where Land Was Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

In his 2007 documentary Banished, filmmaker Marco Williams examined four examples of primarily white communities violently rising up to force their African-American neighbors to flee town. This became one of the techniques used to sabotage Black land ownership, a devastating trend in the 19th and 20th centuries that robbed Blacks of millions in generational wealth.

In 2001, results from an 18-month investigation of Black land loss in America were published by The Associated Press. It turned up 107 of these land takings, 57 of which were violent, the other cases involved trickery and legal manipulations. Here are eight of these heartbreaking stories.

  1. 8 Heartbreaking Cases Where Land Was Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

  2. White Supremacist Violence Is On the Rise. Expanding the FBI’s Powers Isn’t the Answer. | American Civil Liberties Union

  3. Sacramento officers who killed Stephon Clark to return to duty | The Sacramento Bee

  4. Boys Pin Down Black Classmate, Cut Her Dreadlocks at Virginia School, She Says – NBC4 Washington

  5. Trump Slashes Refugee Cap to 18,000, Curtailing U.S. Role as Haven – The New York Times

  6. The ‘OK’ Hand Gesture Is Now Listed As A Symbol Of Hate : NPR

  7. CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale: A guide to this season’s racism controversy – Los Angeles Times

  8. Sherrilyn Ifill on Twitter: “The point is that what’s happening in this Administration is critically important and has presented a watershed moment for our democracy.” / Twitter

  9. Be A King on Twitter: ““If you, as a White person, would like to be treated the way Black people are in this society, stand.”

  10. jonathandryan on Twitter: “Women w/severe medical conditions are not being treated at the Karnes detention center. To avoid scrutiny, ICE is transferring these women to rural detention centers and now plan to bring children in to the center. We need your help to shut down Karnes:

  11. Webinar (past): Black Migrants Trapped in Mexico with Special Guest Kendrick Sampson

  12. Melissa Murray on Twitter: “Watch this video. This is the most egregious display of disrespect for a congresswoman chairing a committee. And I am not even remotely surprised. WOC deal with these kinds of challenges to their authority all the time. @RepJayapal is a hero for showing such incredible restraint.

  13. Ismael Lopez, undocumented immigrant killed by police, lacks constitutional protection, city argues – The Washington Post

  14. NowThis on Twitter: “A McDonald’s customer ordered a group of students to ‘speak English’ — and this young woman wouldn’t stand for it

  15. Francine Lipman on Twitter: “Top 10 audited zipcodes are in Mississippi (8 communities), Louisiana (1 zipcode), and Alabama (1 zipcode)which are disproportionately Black (79%) and poor. Imagine if we reallocated these resources from the working poor to auditing the group w/highest tax gap (e.g., the wealthy)

  16. Dana Milbank on Twitter: “See how he does that? More than 200 House Democrats support impeachment, but the ones he singles out as “Savages” are two Jews and four women of color.

  17. The missing message in Gen Z’s climate activism: Black and brown communities are among the most at risk of suffering the negative effects of climate change. – The Washington Post

  18. Maya Wiley on Twitter: “#Trump called “AOC + 3” “savages” because of their #impeachment stance but also because they are targets for energizing his base. We MUST talk about racism more and better.

  19. TokyoReporter on Twitter: “Duo apologizes after saying Osaka ‘needs bleach’

  20. Opinion | The Forgotten History of America’s Worst Racial Massacre – The New York Times

  21. Virginia Girl Who Accused White Classmates of Cutting Off Her Hair Now Says Her Story Was False

  22. John Pijanowski on Twitter: “10 yr old walking into the Jefferson Memorial in DC: “It’s hard to believe somebody who did so many great things was also such a bad person.” Sneering stranger wheels around on him with a lecture about what a great man he was Kid calmly retorts: “He enslaved his own children.”” / Twitter

  23. How the U.S. Asylum System Is Keeping Migrants at Risk in Mexico | The New Yorker

  24. Working While Black- I had the Police Called on Me Solely Because I was Black and Working – YouTube

  25. Amber Guyger sent offensive texts before killing Botham Jean, prosecutors say – The Washington Post

  26. State reveals racist and violent texts, social media comments during Amber Guyger sentencing phase |

  27. @spoiledsoymilk on Twitter: “It’s about time for our yearly Halloween costume reminder: DON’T BE A RACIST FOR HALLOWEEN! This includes, but is not limited to: – blackface – brownface – yellowface – redface – “native” – “geisha” – “mexican” – “g*psy” – “terrorist” – “rasta man”” / Twitter

  28. Kristen Clarke on Twitter: “Meet Amber Guyger who will serve 10 yrs after murdering Botham Jean in his own apartment. Meet Edward Douglas who was sentenced to LIFE in prison after being convicted of selling crack cocaine. He spent almost 2 decades in prison before being released thru the First Step Act.

  29. profloumoore on Twitter: “They’re definitely calling 911 on the next animal they see eating leaves (Rare white giraffes caught on camera for the first time)

  30. Michelle on Twitter: “Amber Guyger got 10 years for walking into a Black man’s home and killing him for no reason. A Black man spent 36 years in jail for stealing $50 from a bakery. That’s white privilege, and it’s very real.” / Twitter

  31. U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants – The New York Times

  32. Woman who filmed shooting of Botham Jean fired from job in retaliation (video)


  • Kristen Clarke on Twitter: “”In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a federal court concluded that white supremacists using social media to target & harass American Univ.’s first female Black student body pres were liable to her for over $725K in damages.” We’re tearing down white supremacy

  • michaelharriot on Twitter: “Thread: Have you ever heard the story about the gang of white outlaws who tried to rob a black-owned bank? It’s a story about slaves who actually received reparations, one of the most famous criminals in American history and a rich, all-black town.” / Twitter

  • Amber Guyger found guilty in murder of Botham Jean – The Washington Post

  • FierceWarriorNStilettos on Twitter: “The man who harassed a woman in Illinois last year because she was wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag on it — asking her “Are you a citizen?” — has been found guilty of committing a hate crime. He could face up to 5 years in prison.

  • Joint Center Commends the U.S. House for Releasing Detailed Racial Data on Top Staffers | Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

  • After 50 years, the University of Wyoming apologized for the dismissal of 14 black football players – CNN

  • She’s 28. She’s an Immigrant. She’s in Charge of Texas’ Most Populous County. Get Used to It.

  • Ava DuVernay on Twitter: “Sometimes when they see us, they don’t know what’s comin’… => Rebecca J. Kavanagh on Twitter: “Watch as Broward County cop Joshua Gallardo is awarded Deputy of the Month in a ceremony on Wednesday when Tamarac city commissioner Mike Gelin takes the microphone and calls him back down. “You’re the police officer who falsely arrested me 4 years ago.”

  • Former ICE chief Thomas Homan brings abusive behavior to Congress.

  • Former police chief facing hate crime charges called Trump white people’s last hope – The Washington Post

  • Bishop Talbert Swan on Twitter: “Calling a Black POTUS married 25 yrs to 1 wife with 2 children, no mistresses, affairs or scandals, ‘the antichrist’ but a white POTUS married thrice, 5 kids by 3 women, mistresses, affairs & scandals, ‘God‘s anointed,’ proves your religion is white supremacy.” / Twitter

  • Jonathan Capehart on Twitter: “If you don’t know who Jessye Norman is watch this. The nation of France in 1989 had her sing La Marseillaise on the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. The symbolism of that moment cannot be overstated.

  • Nina Simone’s Treasured Childhood Home Will Be Rehabilitated | Colorlines

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