[Marxism] Fwd: Orlando Mass Shooting Not Deadliest in American History - Washington Wire - WSJ

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 14 17:21:00 MDT 2016

The massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was a horrific tragedy. 
But it was not unprecedented – and it was not the “deadliest mass 
shooting in American history,” as many have called it.

To call it that is to forget the last hundred years of U.S. history of 
mass violence fueled by racial hatred and homophobia. Although precise 
numbers of deaths are impossible to specify, at least 100 African 
Americans were killed in East S​t.​ Louis, Ill., in one bloody night in 
July 1917; anywhere from 55 to 300 blacks were massacred in Tulsa​, 
Okla.,​ in 16 hours in June 1921; and dozens more were killed in 
Rosewood, Fla., in January 1923. And of course, more recently, 32 died 
in the 1973 bombing of the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans.


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