Americans should know about this period of history. Because the history of racism is also the history of power, and who holds it. And this story continues to this very day.
This is a clip from the phenomenal film Plutocracy: Political Repression In The USA (2015). Watch it free online here.
“You are kept apart that you may be separately fleeced of your earnings. You are made to hate each other because upon that hatred is rested the keystone of the arch of financial despotism which enslaves you both. You are deceived and blinded that you may not see how this race antagonism perpetuates a monetary system which beggars both.” ― Thomas E. Watson, late 19th C