This CNN article describes multiple instances of racial violence in the US resulting in property loss, economic loss and the murder of innocent citizens, including the massacre at Porvenir, Texas, on January 28, 1918, in which Texas Rangers, US Cavalry soldiers and local ranchers killed 15 unarmed Mexican-American boys and men, ages 16-72. The Rangers were sent to the area to stop banditry after the Brite Ranch raid. Despite having no evidence that the Porvenir villagers were involved in thefts or the killings of ranchers, the Rangers separated 15 men and boys from the rest of the village and shot them on a nearby hill. They shot them so many times “they blew them to bits,” said one victim’s granddaughter. Victims were buried in a mass grave because they couldn’t tell which body part belonged to whom.
You can watch a 3-minute video HERE with an overview of that horrific day.
The CNN piece covers much more than Porvenir, and it’s worth reading, contemplating and discussing.
“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”Franklin Delano Roosevelt, October 2, 1937