Jul. 13, 2019

Why Reparations? July 13-17, 1863 The New York City Draft Riots

On this date,​ July 13, 1863, 156 years ago today the infamous racially charged New York City Draft Riots began. The riot, which supposedly was motivated by mobs of whites men, women, and children who were opposed to the conscription of white men into the Union army by means of a military draft lottery. Though if you read the history of the event that occurred over these 5 days. It seems that white hatred of blacks was, in reality, the motivating factor.

Today, as I continue my series on why reparations? I will read aloud an excerpt from the book, In The Shadow Of Slavery, African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863, by Leslie Harris. This excerpt written by Leslie Harris details the events that lead up to and transpired before, during and after the assault of white mobs on innocent black residents in New York City. It will also detail examples of white mob violence on those white New York City residents who were deemed as supporters of black emancipation.

Although, the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted in January of 1863. It wasn't accepted by all residents of northern residents, especially the Irish who deemed blacks as enemies of the state. So join me today as I travel back in history to the horrendous race riot that occurred in 1863. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud uncovers the true history of America worts and all.​