May 31, 1921, Terrorist attacked Greenwood, a suburb (African American Community) of Tulsa, Ok by flying overhead and bombing from the air. The first of it’s kind in the US. During the 16 hours of the assault, more than 6,000 Greenwood residents were arrested and detained in a prison camp, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire caused by the bombing. To date, no charges were ever filed. Terrorism wasn’t a crime back then? Note: No official number of deaths of African Americans in this terrorist attack.
in September 1963, A terrorist bomb exploded during services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killed four young girls.
The lynching of three men occurred shortly after midnight on June 21, 1964, when they went to investigate the burning of a church that supported civil rights activity. James Chaney was a local Freedom Movement activist in Meridian, Michael Schwerner was a CORE organizer from New York, and Andrew Goodman, also from New York, was a Freedom Summer volunteer. The three men had just finished week-long training on the campus of Western College for Women (now part of Miami University), in Oxford, Ohio, regarding strategies on how to register blacks to vote. On 21st October, 1967, seven of the men were found guilty of (not murder but) conspiring to deprive Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney of their civil rights and sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to ten years. You didn’t get much for raging terror in those days. On June 21, 2005, some 41 years after committing the crime, and after seeing his kids grow up and his grandkids born, Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of the (not murder but) manslaughter of the three men.
February 28, 1993 The Raid at Branch Davidian ranch in Waco Texas. 76 people (24 of them British nationals) died in the fire, including more than 20 children, two pregnant women, and the sect leader David Koresh.
The Oklahoma City bombingwas a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The toll eventually reached 168 confirmed dead, not including an unmatched leg that could have belonged to a possible, unidentified 169th victim.
Sept 11, 2001, the terrorist, after several feeble attempts finally brought down the twin towers/world trade center in New York. In doing so, they inadvertently had our freedoms and rights taken away from us. You can no longer take a flight without having you picture took through you clothes. It is ok for a stranger to give you a pat down. It’s no longer just a police thang. It’s now ok for a stranger to touch your child in inappropriate areas of their bodies TSA. It is now okay to phone tap, monitor your electronic communications, bug your home, read your mail and stop and detain you with out a warrant. Is this the freedom we held so dear to our hearts? Did the terrorist redefine our “FREEDOM”? It has been ten years, are you any safer than you were 10 years ago? Remember, you thought you were safe on Sept. 11, 2001. The only difference now is, we don’t enjoy the freedoms we once did.