1920s in Rosewood

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1920s in Rosewood

The events that took place in Rosewood, Florida, were to say the least horrifying and fueled by hate. The first week of January 1923, a mob of whites invaded a small black town and massacred 27 people total, to include women and children. The “reason” behind this violent tirade was due to a woman by the name of Fannie Taylor telling her neighbor that a black man broke into her home and assaulted her; when in fact, she was having an extramarital affair and her lover assaulted her. That sparked the massacre of the people of Rosewood. Mobs of white men went looking for a black man that had allegedly escaped from a chain gang. They were unsuccessful in their efforts to locate him and thus, ensued the most horrendous massacre of black people in the history of the United States. The mob ended up burning down the entire village and displaced all the surviving victims of Rosewood.
I am conflicted with the idea of calling the event that took place in Rosewood, genocide. The reason being is because mobs of white men were coming from all over, not just the neighboring towns in search of one black man. While they ended up killing around 27 people (that number has not been verified, however reports would suggest that it was roughly around that), not including the one they set out for, one would have to speculate that while in their travels they had to have come across another black town and/or black people. Were black people killed along the way to Rosewood? History doesn’t mention it; therefore, I am unable to come to a decision on whether to call it genocide. However, if history could prove that while these mobs were traveling to Rosewood they were deliberately killing any black person they saw on contact, then I would most certainly consider it genocide. Genocide is defined as a deliberate killing of a large group of people. However, when…...

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