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American citizen Omar Mateen’s alleged brutal murder of 49 partygoers and injury to 53 others in Orlando’s gay Pulse nightclub was horrific, but contrary to media descriptions, it was not the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The mass shootings of Blacks and Native Americans are forgotten or are outright being ignored, said political scientists and activists interviewed by The Final Call.
“That just goes to show how basically this system—the media or corporate America or people that run this country—are so upset and still ashamed of this history that they want to continue to ignore the facts,” said YoNas Da Lonewolf, daughter of the late Oglala Lakota activist Wauneta Lonewolf.
America’s bloody history began with mass shootings and murders of the Indigenous people, she said.
According to statistics, there were 10 million Native Americans living in the U.S., before Europeans arrived in the 1400s.
By 1900, there were less than 300,000, according to United to End Genocide. The activist organization works to prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide, such as what occurred at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota.
On Dec. 29, 1890, approximately 300 unarmed Lakota Sioux men, women and children were gunned down by the U.S. 7th Calvary.
“Then you have the mass murders and mass shootings with our African ancestors bein g forced to America. That just goes to show that we have to continue to tell our history,” Ms. Lonewolf stated.
Several hundred Blacks who fought enslavement were killed during the Seminole Wars, which occurred from 1817-1858. During the three conflicts between the U.S. and Seminole Indians and Blacks, the U.S. Army attempted to do what slavers could not, which was stop enslaved Blacks from escaping to Florida.
On May 31, 1921, the Tulsa, Okla. race riot began when Blacks and Whites clashed outside a courthouse where a Black man accused of assaulting a White female elevator operator was jailed.
Police deputized a White mob, which torched homes and businesses in Tulsa’s thriving Black business district. The violence killed 300 Black people, left 8,000 Tulsa residents homeless and burned 42 square blocks. [READ MORE]