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A Black Sufferer Who Died for His Pride Robert Charles AKA Curtis Robertson of Copiah County Mississippi was denied his rights as a human being and thus openede fire on a group of white supremacists in New Orleans Louisiana in the year 1900 bringing about a racial riot that outraged thousands Society in this time period was on the threshold of a segregatio n war and Roberts actions on the 27th of July represented his attempt to achieve dignity and self-respect as well as equal rights on behalf of all blacks throughout the nation It was believed that Robert Charles was the boldest most desperate and dangerous Negro ever known in Louisiana Hair 1979179 Robert Charles was killed because he stood up for what he believed in In the years of which he lived the blacks had absolutely no societal economic or political power and were labeled as dirty worthless Niggers by the whites Creoles Mulattos and others who had racially mixed backgrounds all known as Darkies were commonly rejected by the white-dominated society and grew accustomed to being treated as if their existence in the world was insignificant and of quite a lower status Blacks were constantly being falsely accused of crimes which resulted with sever beatings jail time or even lynching The probablility of a black person being proven guilty for even the most harmless crime was highly likely Whites who supported blacks in their eagerness for equality were thought to be just as bad as a Blackman himself and therefore would be condemned by their own race The stand that Robert Charles took by trying to fight the ways of society in a time when people of his race could not exhibit such characteristics without fear of reprisal Hair 1979 back cover proves that not only was he brave and courageous but also an honorable martyr The wrongs inflicted upon the black
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