Massacre of the Chinese at Rock Springs

The History Channel Website and the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Star Tribune profiled the Sept. 2, 1885 little-known incident where 150 white miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming, brutally attack their Chinese co-workers, killing 28, wounding 15 others, and driving several hundred more out of town. Bao Phi, a blogger for the Star Tribune discusses how people of color, including Asian Americans, are too often left out of discussions about the history and culture of America’s working class. Too often, working class essentially equals white people, while everyone else is categorized as illegal, welfare-dependent, or stealing jobs. Phi also points out the virulent history of racism in the American labor movement—particularly against Asians..

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