Amber Ruffin Exposes US Government For Engulfed Black History

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On an episode of The Amber Ruffin Show, she exposed the truth behind the American story, telling the public about things the federal government is hiding in secret, not wanting the public to find out. Amber Ruffin detailed a dozen black towns that have been hidden underwater, replaced by lakes or public parks.

Ruffin began his show with, “Dozens of black towns have been wiped off the American map, not by burning them down, but by hiding them under water.” This viral segment has everyone wondering what else has the feds been trying to hide from the public eye? As Griffin asks his viewers to delve deeper into black history, many people have lost faith in the people who are supposed to “protect us.”

Ruffin explained the destruction of these cities, similar to events like the Tulsa race massacre, hindering opportunities for generational prosperity for black people. Besides the many black communities that were wiped out by white supremacists, they also destroyed thriving black towns, such as Oscarville and Seneca Village, and covered them up by hiding them under water or replacing them with public parks. .

Destruction after the commission of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre | Photo provided by the University of Tulsa

Amber Ruffin details how Oscarville was overwhelmed by ‘Night Riders’ and replaced by Lake Lanier

Oscarville was a predominantly prosperous black town located in Forsyth County, Georgia. However, Oscarville was no longer prosperous for blacks, as they were killed and expelled by whites in 1912 after three black men (Rob Edwards, Earnest Knox and Oscar Daniel) were accused of rape.

Because of these allegations, the three teenagers were lynched. After the lynchings, terrorism would be worse than ever, as a white terrorist group called the “Night Riders” had a mission, to wipe out all black people in Oscarville. In addition to forcing them out, whites would coerce blacks into giving them their property under threat of arson, lynching, and beatings.

Oscarville was flooded to create Lake Lanier in Georgia.

The townspeople reduced over a thousand black people in 1912 to none in 1920. Over the years, the property would be sold to the government, implementing the Lake Lanier building plan in 1950. Under Lake Lanier are towns, schools and churches in Oscarville, where they remain to this day.

Oscarville’s story is one of many rarely noted enormities and gruesome atrocities in America, conveying the power of white terrorism, while also illustrating racial expulsion for people to understand the fears of breathing black.

Sunken cities happened in the North: Seneca Village was replaced by Central Park

The atrocities of replacing beloved black cities with public amenities didn’t just happen in the South, these events happened in the North as well. In 1825, John and Elizabeth Whitehead divided their land, selling it into 200 lots and establishing Seneca Village. For African Americans, Seneca Village offered them the opportunity to live in a sovereign community far from the compacted and populated downtown.

Although slavery was abolished in 1827 in New York, racial discrimination was still common in New York, making it difficult for black people to travel without being judged.

Seneca Village was bulldozed to create New York’s Central Park.

Therefore, Seneca Village was the perfect place for black people as it welcomed a departure from the city, fleeing unsanitary and crowded places, as well as racism.

In the early 1850s, the city decided to build a park above the village of Seneca, enacting a law that set aside 775 acres of land in Manhattan to establish Central Park, the first primordial landscaped public park. The city gave black residents until late 1857 to move out of the area before construction began, which forced them to flee the area and find another place to reside.

Oscarville and Seneca Village are two of many black towns that have been demolished by the federal government due to development-induced displacement. African Americans were forced to move out of cities, for the government to establish parks, dams and lakes.

In terms of compensation, blacks would receive very little or nothing at all from the government. For a very long time, this part of American history has been hidden, but it is ending now, because it is time to enlighten others to the truth behind the federal government.

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