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American Red Cross untold story of the American Red Cross


THE GREAT 1927 FLOOD WAS A RACIST CATASTROPHE

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The Great 1927 Flood was a huge natural disaster in Louisiana and Mississippi, so of course the American Red Cross swooped in to help. Because of the location of the flood, it disproportionately affected African-Americans, but the people who should have been helping them decided to let their racist flag fly instead. The Red Cross took the Southern racial discrimination of Jim Crow and multiplied it.

According to Lake Forest College, blacks “endured systematic abuse by the Red Cross.” People who had been displaced were housed in refugee camps run by the organization, but African-Americans were separated into “the dirtiest and the most dangerous” areas. They were not allowed to come and go freely, reports National Geographic, and if they tried guards threatened to shoot them. The only time the men were allowed to go anywhere was to work on building the levees back up, and they had no choice on that. If they didn’t do this backbreaking work for free, their families would no longer get rations.

Not that the rations were that great anyway. The Red Cross gave food to white refugees first and whatever was left was given, in much smaller portions, to the African-Americans. When special food came in, like canned peaches, blacks weren’t given any at all, because the Red Cross thought it would “spoil them” and “teach them a lot of expensive habits.” One historian said the camps set up theoretically to help these people were nothing more than slave camps.

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Stevie wonder and take 6Love’s in Need of Love

Good morn or evening friends
Here’s your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on
To everybody
What I’m about to say
Could mean the world’s disaster
Could change your joy and laughter
To tears and pain
It’s that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away
Hate’s goin’ ’round, breakin’ many hearts
Stop it please, before it’s gone too far
The force of evil plans
To make you its possession
And it will if we let it
Destroy everybody
We all must take
Precautionary measures
If love and peace you treasure
Then you’ll hear me when I say
Oh that, love’s in need of a love today
(Love’s in need of love today)
Don’t delay
(Don’t delay)
Send yours in right away
(Right away)
Hate’s goin’ ’round
(Hate’s goin’ round)
Breakin’ many hearts
(Breaking hearts)
Stop it, please
(Stop it, please)
Before it’s gone too far
(Gone too far)
People, you know that
Love’s in need of love today
(Love’s in need of love today)
Don’t, don’t delay
(Don’t delay)
Send yours in right away
(Right away)
You know that hate’s goin’ ’round
(Hate’s goin’ around)
Hate’s goin’ ’round, hate’s goin’ around in a trial
(Breakin’ hearts)
Wait a minute, ’cause
(Stop it please)
You’ve got to, I’ve got to, they’ve got to
We’ve got to, we’ve got to, we’ve got to
(Gone too far)
Before it’s gone too far that
Love’s, love’s in need
(Love’s in need)
Oh love, did you ever think that love would be in need of love today
(Of love today)
(Don’t delay)
Don’t delay
Send yours in right away
(Right away)
Hate’s goin’ ’round
Breakin’ hearts
Stop it, please
Gone too far
Love’s in need
Of love today
Don’t delay
Right away
Hate’s goin’ ’round
Breakin’ hearts
Stop it please
Gone too far
Love’s in need
Of love today
Don’t delay
Right away
Hate’s goin’ ’round
Breakin’ hearts
Stop it please
Right away, just give the world love
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Wonder Stevie
Love’s in Need of Love Today lyrics © Jobete Music Co., Inc.