From A Man Called White: The Autobiography of Walter White: The Atlanta Riot of 1906: A Family at Arms in Self-Defense
In this excerpt from the first chapter, "I Learn What I Am," White recounts his family's experiences during the Atlanta riot of September 1906. Unsubstantiated rumors of black men harassing white women let to five days of white violence that claimed the lives of at least ten black residents. Police did not intervene except to confiscate guns from African Americans. The very light-skinned future leader of the NAACP describes how he, then 13, and his father defended the family's home.
Reprinted in print edition by permission of Jane White Viazzi. Text not currently available in ScholarWorks at UMass Boston.
"From A Man Called White: The Autobiography of Walter White: The Atlanta Riot of 1906: A Family at Arms in Self-Defense,"
Trotter Review: Vol. 18
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umb.edu/trotter_review/vol18/iss1/6