race riot


Definition of race riot

: a riot caused by racial dissensions or hatreds

Examples of race riot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That included the dissolution of the city’s Chinatown, a decadeslong vanishing act after an anti-Chinese race riot. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Apr. 2022 In the blink of an eye, this protest becomes a full-scale race riot from out of the Civil Rights era. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2022 During a race riot in Harlem, he was shot in the leg. New York Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Others survived the worst race riot in Chicago history. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 24 Feb. 2022 In 1972, a race riot erupted on board as Black sailors, frustrated with racist attitudes among White crew members, roved the ship beating their fellow sailors with pipes and wrenches. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2022 The district included the Liberty City area of Miami, the epicenter of a race riot that left scores of people dead after white police officers had killed a Black man. David Stout, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 In observance of the 150th anniversary Sunday, local groups have been commemorating the race riot, which resulted in the murder of roughly 20 Chinese Americans — among the largest mass lynchings in American history. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 As a teenager, a race riot broke out at her high school in Troy, Alabama. Brianna Keilar And Ryan Bergeron, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of race riot

1890, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2022

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“Race riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/race%20riot. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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