In 1883, Black folks were running things in Danville, Virginia. They held public office, sold goods in open-air markets, and refused to give way to whites on the city’s sidewalks. Twenty years earlier, they could’ve never! So what changed?
Our people got power! And whites in Danville were big mad about the shift, so they began spreading white supremacist LIES in a paper called the Danville Circular – just in time for the upcoming election. Racist tension in Danville started boiling over.
A crowd formed. The white attacker came back with more people and guns. Shots were fired. And when the smoke cleared, three Black men lay dead in the street. White militias spent the next few days “patrolling” the city’s streets, and ultimately stole the election through intimidation! But this is nothing new.
They’ve always felt threatened by Black power. But it’s up to us to keep doing us and building our communities, despite white people’s continued attempts to hold on to their dominance!