Mass racial violence in the United States

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Mass racial violence, also called race riots can include such disparate events as:

  • attacks on Irish Catholics and other immigrants in the 19th century
  • attacks on Italian immigrants in the early 20th century and Puerto Ricans in the later 20th century
  • attacks on African Americans that occurred in addition to the lynchings in the period after Reconstruction through the first half of the 20th century.
  • frequent fighting among various ethnic groups in major cities, specifically in the northeast and midwest United States throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century. This example was made famous in the stage musical West Side Story and its film adaptation.
  • unrest in African-American communities, such as the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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