race riot


Definition of race riot

: a riot caused by racial dissensions or hatreds

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Recent Examples on the Web The debut episode began with the very real Tulsa race riot of 1921. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "No one saw ‘Watchmen’s’ Doctor Manhattan reveal coming. Not even the actor playing him.," 9 Dec. 2019 Residents plan to meet to begin a public investigation into the location of mass graves that may hold the remains of those killed in race riots that rocked the Oklahoma city in 1921. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Iran, 2020 Dems, Stonewall, G20, El Chapo, 'Apollo 11'," 23 June 2019 These abilities allow Murphy to stumble onto a conspiracy by shady aerospace guys to provoke a race riot so that the LAPD will buy their helicopters. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf once and for all," 10 Jan. 2020 In the 1940s, there is a crew of masked men and women called the Minutemen who work together to stop crime — or hire themselves out for dangerous missions like fighting in the Vietnam War or helping to control race riots. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About the Watchmen Graphic Novel Before You Watch the Show," 18 Oct. 2019 Just four months into his term, race riots erupted in Baltimore over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Thomas D'Alesandro III, Nancy Pelosi's brother and former Baltimore mayor, has died at age 90," 20 Oct. 2019 Throughout the show, race is intentionally an underlying theme and series creator Damon Lindeloff says, in the official Watchmen podcast, that he was inspired by the aftermath of the race riots in Charlottesville in August 2017. Sean Wellington, Essence, "5 Reasons You Should Be Watching 'Watchmen'," 24 Nov. 2019 Yet the full story of the turbulent 1960s can’t be told without the ugliness of Altamont, a disastrous exclamation point on the decade that also brought us Vietnam, race riots and the crushing assassinations of our next wave of leaders. Washington Post, "50 years ago the Rolling Stones headlined a ‘West Coast Woodstock.’Altamont ended the ’60s with chaos and death.," 21 Nov. 2019 The amusement park on the edge of Louisville's Shawnee Park, which closed in the 1960s after race riots, was Joe's obsession. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Joe Ley's legacy: As the iconic antique store is liquidated, a family says goodbye," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of race riot

1890, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2020

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“Race riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/race%20riot. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of race riot

: a violent fight between people of different races : a riot that is caused by racial anger, hatred, etc.

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