A black man named Dick Rowland walked into an elevater with a white woman. He heard a woman scream, got nervous and ran out, shortly after he was accused of sexual assult against the woman. He went to court, and outside of the courthouse 75 armed men were waiting to defend him, one accidentally shot was fired, and the riots began. This shows the common sterotypes that black men were savage, and out to harm any white especially if it was a women. A whole riot started out of nothing.