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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading > What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 17 in a series – “Violating racial lines…could mean serious injury and arrest.”

What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 17 in a series – “Violating racial lines…could mean serious injury and arrest.”

“The violence perpetuated by Chicago’s white youth gangs and beachgoers was effective in limiting the recreational spaces African Americans could safely and freely use. Violating racial lines, whether actual fences or imaginary boundaries, could mean serious injury and arrest. Given that daily reality, the frequency with which ordinary African Americans risked violence to exercise their rights is remarkable, particularly in an era when neither government nor powerful organizations were coming to their aid.”

From Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

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