race riot


: a riot caused by racial dissensions or hatreds

Examples of race riot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The future Supreme Court justice was nearly lynched outside Columbia in 1946 after defending two Black men charged in a race riot. Rachel Hatzipanagos, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 In the video, Aldean performs in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee — the site of the 1946 Columbia race riot and the 1927 mob lynching of Henry Choate, an 18-year-old Black teenager. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 July 2023 The video featured footage of protests (including some from, as Rolling Stone reported, Canada) and Aldean performing in front of a courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, which was not only the site of a 1927 lynching but also a race riot in 1946. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2023 Brixton has historically had a large Afro-Caribbean population, after a rush of immigration in the 1940s and 1950s, and saw race riots over anti-Black policing in the 1980s and 1990s before becoming more gentrified in recent years. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2023 The music video also attracted controversy and was pulled from Country Music Television because of its setting at the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, which was the site of race riots in 1946 and a lynching in 1927. Conor Murray, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 At the time, Pearson was also running for the Mayor of Tulsa, the city with the worst race riot in 1922 known as the Black Wall Street massacre. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2023 The Tulsa race riot of 1921, also called the Tulsa race massacre, resulted in the death of hundreds of African American residents of the city’s Greenwood district – then a Black economic hub also known as Black Wall Street – when a mob of White rioters looted and burned the community. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 16 Sep. 2023 This summer, backlash to the song and video was swift, especially after news broke that, in the clip, Aldean sang the song in front of a Columbia, Tennessee courthouse where a lynching had taken place in 1927 and where a race riot had occurred in 1946. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of race riot was in 1890

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“Race riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/race%20riot. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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