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Friday Nite Videos | June 26, 2020

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How to Empty Seat | Sarah Cooper. The Chicks | March March. The Killing Floor (Digitally Restored) | Movie. "Quarantine Blues" | John Mclaughlin, Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana. Jamaal Bowman's Speech After Upset Defeat of 16-Term Incumbent.

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The Killing Floor (Digitally Restored) | Movie

This 1985 Sundance-Award winning film speaks deeply to the present moment, exploring a true story of the struggle of black and white workers, over a hundred years ago, to build a strong interracial union in the giant Chicago slaughterhouses in the face of the mounting racism that erupted in violence in the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. It has been beautifully digitally restored and re-released by Film Movement, and is now rentable for streaming here.

The Red Summer of 1919, Explained

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca Teen Vogue
Red Summer 0f 1919 — so deemed by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson to capture its sheer bloodiness — is a study in what historian Carol Anderson calls white rage. African Americans fought back, including in numerous incidents of armed self-defense.

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A Line Breaking

Renny Golden Naugatuck River Review
On July 27, 1919, the appearance of an African American swimmer near a white beach provoked a citywide pogrom in Chicago. Poet Renny Golden depicts the incident and a wade-in that integrated the shores during the 1960s.
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