Silent Parade of 1917
On July 28, 1917, a group of about 8,000 to 10,000 Black people came together for a parade to protest anti-Black violence and lynching. The parade came after news spread of the East St. Louis Riots that were sparked in May of the same year. Unfortunately, the elite community in New York stood in solidarity with the people who were massacring Black people all across the country. White mobs interrupted the parade and started killing unarmed Black civilians, according to an encyclopedia named after W.E.B. Du Bois. Reports of death tolls during the Silent Parade vary, with some reports suggesting roughly 40 Black people were killed while others claim more than 250 were killed.
Boko Haram Attacks and Massive Kidnapping
Nations were rightfully infuriated when terrorists killed 17 people in France in January all because of an offensive cartoon, but that same anger and fury seemed to vanish when it came to the lives of people in Nigeria. At roughly the same time that terrorists were attacking in France, Boko Haram gunmen killed an estimated 2,000 people in Nigeria, according to eyewitness accounts. This came some time after the same extremist group kidnapped thousands of schoolgirls in Chibok in Nigeria back in 2014. While an initial #BringBackOurGirls movement garnered a little buzz, the public’s attention quickly faded away just as it did with the more recent Boko Haram attacks.