David Melson

1934 Riot, Part 6: More fears arise

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at 9:02 AM
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  • I have found this all very interesting. But with all that was going on, why did they search black homes for moonshine? And why only black residences? Were the blacks rioting as well? Then with all the crimes that had been committed, they arrest a man for loitering. What was the line of thought here? I was under the impression that this was more or less whites wanting revenge for the attack of a 14 year old white girl by a black man.

    -- Posted by goose2008 on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 7:31 AM
  • It has always been amazing to me, but when a mob mentality takes over, all reason goes out the window. I had a man tell me many years ago when there was a Edwards Paint Store on Madison Street that had all kinds of antique glassware in the show windows, that he would never do anything to break the law, but if a riot mob ever formed again he would be going to Edwards Paint Store, and break every piece of glass in their show windows with rocks or whatever he could get his hands on. Thank goodness that never happened because otherwise he was a really good man.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 8:16 AM
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