Photo from the Chicago Daily News
There was an interview on Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight today with Bill Tuttle, a professor emeritus at University of Kansas, who wrote the book Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919. He was interviewed on the 90th anniversary of the riots, which left many dead.The arrest of a black teen by a white officer, when he went to tell the officer a white man had caused his friend to drown, started the riot, and the fact that only blacks were arrested, continued fueling it.
The incident is interesting against the backdrop of the dialogue today about the Henry Lewis Gates incident.
How have things changed?