When white supremacists overthrew a government

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The hidden history of an American coup.

Correction at 7:23: Cynthia's ancestors lived in Wilmington, not her descendants.

In November 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a mob of 2,000 white men expelled black and white political leaders, destroyed the property of the city’s black residents, and killed dozens--if not hundreds--of people. How did such a turn of events change the course of the city? For decades, the story of this violence was buried, while the perpetrators were cast as heroes. Yet its impacts resonate across the state to this day.

In the new Vox series Missing Chapter, Vox Senior Producer Ranjani Chakraborty revisits underreported and often overlooked moments from the past to give context to the present. Join her as she covers the histories that are often left out of our textbooks. Our first season tackles stories of racial injustice, political conflicts, even the hidden history of US medical experimentation.

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I've learned more black history from youtube than I have ever seen in school

Author — hazel b


The stupidity and hate of human beings is absolutely disgusting.

Author — Jimi Bones


This video should be re-posted as the importance has never been more relevant.

Author — Stephan Marinovic


It’s so sad that America will never know it’s true history because of the shame, but will be the first to point out another’s.

Author — rockell c


The media doesn't show black people in a positive way unless they are playing sports

Author — Tanya Wilson


You can’t learn true history if the story is told by the oppressor

Author — Jertz Ruiz


Imagine how much further ahead we could be, if evil things like this weren’t done, to set us back.

Author — Heather King-Smith


So in other words, a political lynching like the economic one in Tulsa. How many more "post-emancipation America" horror stories like these have been whitewashed out of existence???

Author — Daryl Carr


I’m a black immigrant woman who was unfamiliar with this history. I am also a photographer. In 2012 I found myself in Wilmington by accident. I was only passing through, but the antique quaintness of the town caught my attention and so I decided to make a day of it by shopping and taking some photos. I do a LOT of traveling and the nature of my interests often make me the only black person around. However, being in Wilmington felt different. It was like a movie set where everyone knew what to do. When I entered a restaurant it suddenly got quiet and remained that way long enough to make me uncomfortable. I decided to sit outside instead. When my food arrived, there were ants crawling on my salad, so I sent it back which only made things worse. Eventually I paid and left and for the remainder of the day wherever I stopped to take photos I could see people peeking through blinds and starring. That was the most watched I’ve ever felt in my life. I figured people were just paranoid about the only black person taking pictures, but I had NO IDEA any of this had taken place. It all now makes sense. I am beyond shocked to know this town was once mostly black, because during the whole day I spent walking and driving around I only saw a handful of us. The actions depicted in this video can only be described as liquid evil. Also, when discussing who is responsible for these actions, we need to stop saying republicans and democrats because although their names have swapped, their active participation of stopping progress through hate and violence remains the same. They were conservative then and they are conservative now. McConnel is the Aycock of today.

Author — Loyda Santana


We've been taught Amerian mythology in public schools, not American history.

Author — sondrajean955


“this is a white man country”

sir, your ancestors stole this territory from the indigenous people, but i don’t think you’re really for that conversation.

Author — maxime leroy


It's unbelieveable how much African-American people had suffered, and suffer today in the US due to systemic racism in its istitutions.

Author — Marcello Di Maio


and just this week 3 cops in Wilmington were caught talking about their wish to slaughter Black citizens and “put them back 4 or 5 generations”

Author — Kaitlin Gaspar


The same people who criticize Black Lives Matter for "being too violent" are the same ones whose ancestors violently overthrew their entire governments.

Author — TheActualTruth


“Be lucky we simply want equality and not revenge.”

Author — Delinda Arts


This is why they love to say "stop living in the past" cause thats where the answers are.

Author — December's Very Own


I’m glad more of these stories are coming out. Most American films show black people during slavery or during the civil rights movement, there’s no in between.

Author — Baatile Kgosiemang


"By stoking white men's anger and resentment." Thats exactly what is happening today! they just reinvent themselves every couple of centuries or so but its the same rhetoric and fear mongering. It never changes, and every century it works.

Author — Britt


America is the worse country in the planet earth, pretending to a hero or the conscience to the people but it was an opposite

Author — James Perez


Baffles me that the people with the highest amount of privilege: the white men, act oppressed

Author — alex Theoneandonly