First, let’s dispel a few misconceptions about what has become known as the ‘Houston Massacre‘ (AKA Camp Logan riot). Despite what you’ll read on almost all websites regarding this incident, it had …
–NOTHING to do with American (White) racism
–NOTHING to do with the color-line mandate (AKA Jim Crow)
–NOTHING to do with Negroes hearing the word “nigger” from a few Americans (as if that could justify the slaughter of innocent people)
If there was one event prior to the Civil Rights Act (1964) that should have raised the proverbial RED flag regarding the radical new concept of racial integration (a concept invented by the NAACP in 1910) , it was the racially motivated massacre of innocent Americans by Negro soldiers in the city of Houston in 1917.
The Atrocity:: On the evening of August 23, 1917, Negro males, a 156 of them, employed by the US military for non-combat assignments, mutinied at Camp Logan (situated a few miles north of Houston). The cause of the mutiny was the belief among Negro soldiers that one of their comrades was unjustifiably arrested, because of his race, and held in the Houston city jail; and they wanted him out (no other reason than this did the Negro soldiers mutiny). Led by their First Sergeant Vida Henry, the Negroes first broke into the weapons depot and stole weapons. They then marched out of camp toward Houston’s [White] police department — again, ostensibly to force the release of their jailed comrade. However, the undisciplined men never made it to their intended destination. Instead, they broke off into groups. Most went back to camp. Other groups, or more specifically, members within these groups, believed, for they now had the cover of night, that it was a golden opportunity to kill Americans … and get away with it (all the shots fired that night came from the Negro soldiers, and all the victims were non-Negroes). The death count from the Negro mutiny – a massacre – stunned and horrified the entire country : 16 innocent Americans (all but two unarmed) plus one innocent Mexican. NOTE: On Wikipedia, their version claims that there was a pitched battle between the Negro soldiers and white civilians and police. Not true at all. My version here was taken directly from the book – the definitive book on the 1917 Houston massacre – Haynes, Robert V. 1976. A Night of Violence: The Houston Riot of 1917. (UPDATE:: Wikipedia has now changed their untruthful version and took out the “pitched battle” description. However, nowhere in Wikipedia’s version do they describe the Negroes’ violence as “racially motived”. The Negro soldiers murdering innocent white civilians (the recognized ‘Americans’ at that time)) was… beyond any doubt whatsoever …racially motivated.
Naturally, no one was surprised when the military brass dealt harshly with the mutinous Negroes (the military brass was composed of 100 percent white Christian males i.e. Americans). For the mutiny, and principally because of the senseless slaughter of innocent civilians, a total of 19 Negro soldiers were hung.
One curious observation here (which wouldn’t have prevented the Houston massacre, but it’s still curious):: Why did the US military brass – all of whom were Americans – allow Negro males to wear the same military uniforms as the American soldiers? This decision, in effect, told both groups they were one and the same. This was hardly the case. Negro soldiers were not allowed combat duty alongside the American soldiers, nor were they allowed to carry weapons when in the company of American soldiers, or even mingle with American soldiers. Negro officers were also not allowed to give orders to American soldiers. While integration of the races sounds acceptable today (after decades of indoctrination), back in 1917 the United States was operating under Plessy vs. Ferguson, which legally allowed for the establishment of a color line between the two demonstratively different male groups (i.e. both racial groups were legally separated politically…and economically). The American population at that time believed – for they had never known anything different – that Negroes were supposed to live separately so as to achieve self-reliance as a people. Regarding the uniforms issue, what was a very obvious solution to the military’s hypocrisy was to have the Negro and American soldiers wear different uniforms. This certainly would have alleviated most of the tension as well as confusion between the two groups. A good example of this would be the different uniforms the English and Scottish troops wore during World War I.
So why did the U.S. gov’t allow the military brass to violate the legally established color line and allow Negro males to wear the same uniforms as Americans?
One finale note: No sensible minded person today should allow themselves to be influenced by the views of politically correct revisionists, who desire to make the Negroes into the victims here. It was a racially motivated massacre of innocent people by craven Negro soldiers. PERIOD.