The Brownsville Affair: Theodore Roosevelt

The Brownsville Affair was a racial incident that grew out of tensions between whites in Brownsville, Texas and black infantrymen stationed at nearby Fort Brown. The infantrymen had been subjected to racial discrimination since they arrived. A shooting incident in town on the night of August 13 left a white bartender dead and a police officer wounded. Although white commanders at Fort Brown affirmed that all black soldiers were in their barracks at the time of the shooting, local whites claimed that black soldiers had been seen firing. They produced spent shells from army rifles to allegedly support their statements. Despite evidence that indicated the shells had been planted, investigators accepted the statements of the white community.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_browns.html

BROWNSVILLE RAID OF 1906. The Brownsville Raid of August 13–14, 1906, an alleged attack by soldiers from companies B, C, and D of the black Twenty-fifth United States Infantry stationed at Fort Brown, resulted in the largest summary dismissals in the annals of the United States Army.

Theodore Roosevelt a Traitor

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/pkb06

http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/articles/blacksMilitary/BlacksMilitaryBrownsville.htm

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/81866/Brownsville-Affair

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