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O. J. Simpson Found Not Guilty

Los Angeles, California - Orenthal James (O. J.) Simpson was found not guilty in the murder of a white male and a white female. It was an extremely rare case. Normally, a black man was convicted when a victim was white. In those cases, evidence rarely mattered, in the United States.

Unfortunately, the white press, white politicians, and white media have complained about this outcome until this very day.

Mass Incarceration Began

Washington, D. C. - The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 was signed into law. It took immediate effect. This was the first Federal law that began the era of Mass Incarceration. It targeted black men and boys, for jail and prison.

This act enabled the notorious mandatory minimum sentences. It eliminated Federal parole. Civil forfeiture powers were expanded.

The second act was the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. It created the 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Black people were charged with crack. Whites were charged with powder cocaine. Black people suffered 100 times longer time in jail and prison compared to whites, for the same act.

The third act was the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. It restored the death penalty to Federal sentences, which focused on black men.

The final act of Federal law, was the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (1994). It expanded the Federal Death Penalty. Higher education for inmates was eliminated. The three-strikes provision was added to court sentences.

Planned Parenthood Started

Brooklyn, New York - Planned Parenthood was founded. The founders were Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell. The goal was to reduce births and family sizes of those they deemed unfit.

Since it was founded, Planned Parenthood has focused on black women. It has worked for decades to abort black babies, as often as possible.

Sanger was a eugenicist. The Eugenics Society was founded in 1907. Eugenics was a racist idea. It promoted the birth of superior races over the inferior. Black people were legally decided to be an inferior race, at that time.

Black Fists Raised at Mexico Olympics

Mexico City, Mexico - Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) each raised a fist at the award podium for the 200m race, at the 1968 Olympic Games.

Smith and Carlos were shoeless on the platform to show their black socks, which represented black poverty. Carlos wore a bead necklace to represent lynchings in the United States.

Carlos and Smith raised their gloved hand, when the Star Spangled Banner played, at the awards ceremony and bowed their heads.

Million Man March Held

Washington, D. C. - A gathering of a million black American men took place at the National Mall, for one day. Men from across the United States came to attend the event. It was conducted peacefully, and without major incident.

John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) - On Sunday night, John Brown, and his party, seized the Federal armory, in Harper's Ferry. It had a substantial arms supply. At least 20 men took part in the raid. Most were white men.

Sundary, October 16th, 11 p.m., Brown began his raid. It started well. They freed a number of slaves and cut the telegraph lines into the town. The group ran into Heyward Shepherd, a 'free' black man. He was a baggage handler for the railroad.

Heyward was told to stop. Instead, he headed back to the station. Brown's men shot him in the back. Pro-slavers regarded Heyward as a hero.

A white doctor heard the gunshot. He came to see what happened. Brown saw the doctor and let him leave. After the doctor left, he raised an alarm. Church bells were rung in the town. Later, he went to another town to tell of the raid.

Brown sent men to get help from nearby plantations. He wanted black men. Only a handful joined. With his group, Brown took at least 60 hostages, in town. The 10 most important were kept in the engine house, of the railroad.

Monday, October 17th, 1:15 a.m., the evening train was stopped. It was held for five (5) hours. Brown went on the train. He talked with passengers for an hour. The passengers were allowed into town to stay at a hotel.

At 7 a.m., the train got to the first telegraph. At 10:30 a.m., the military was sent word of Brown's raid.

Between 11 a.m. and evening, local militia units formed. Several companies of men arrived in Harper's Ferry. Most were drunk and disorderly. There was enough control to surround Brown's men.

The militia killed Dangerfield Newby. He was an ex-slave in Brown's group. Newby's corpse was mutilated, by the militia. His testicles and ears were cut off. The militia kept them as souvenirs.

By the time the military arrived, most of the hostages were freed. Brown only held about 10. They were held in the engine house, of the railroad.

On Tuesday, October 18th, the raid ended. Colonel Robert E. Lee and the military captured Brown.

On December 2nd, 1859, John Brown was hanged. Shields Green, who escaped slavery, and the 'free' man, John Copeland, were hanged. John Brown's wife was allowed to take his body back to New York. The bodies of the two black men were sold to white medical students.

Susan Smith Slandered Black Men

Union, South Carolina - Susan Smith murdered her two (2) children and accused a black man. Smith reported to local police that a black man stole her car, with her 2 children inside.

The story Smith gave made national news. The national white media outlets showed a sketch of a black man circulated by the local police.

On November 3rd, 1994, after a search returned no viable leads, Smith confessed to the murder of her two (2) children.

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