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American History Many Don’t Know: Black Wall Street: The Tulsa Race Riots

February 24, 2010

From here:

The Tulsa race riot, also known as the 1921 race riot, the night that Tulsa died, the Tulsa Race War, or the Greenwood riot, was a massacre during a large-scale civil disorder confined mainly to the racially segregated Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA on May 31, 1921. During the 16 hours of rioting, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire, and $1.8 million (about $21.7 million in 2009 dollars) in property damage was caused.

Officially, thirty-nine people were reported killed in the riot, of whom ten were white. The actual number of black citizens killed by local white militiamen and others as a result of the riot was estimated in the Red Cross report at around 300, making the Tulsa race riot the worst in US history. Other estimates range as high as 3,000, based on the number of grave diggers and other circumstances, although the archaeological and forensic work needed to confirm the number of dead has not been performed.


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  1. Vikki permalink
    March 2, 2010 3:33 pm

    My heart burns with pain when I realize the hell our forefathers suffered, and not for anything sinful, but for doing all they could to be “successful” Black citizens. Yet, we are such a forgiving people, a loving people, of all but ourselves.

    A group of people, under the pretext of some violation sought to annihilate a community, based on factors totally beyond anything that made any sort of sense. That was not jealousy, it was animal and demonic – the deep, evil, combative nature of the White man. Nevertheless, even today, Black people just want to be accepted, a part of the fabric of this country, in step with the people who century after century made laws, ignored their own so-called Christianity, lynched, murdered, robbed and dehumanized Black people, and for what? For the almighty dollar, for control, for the sake of trying to be considered as fulfilling their “manifest destiny”, to have power over the entire world,simply because they purport to believe that they are inherently superior and deserve to rule. Only a devil could think like that.

    Even with the progress that has been made, they are despiccable to me because the progress has come due to the Black man’s inherent inner power, ability to survive, strength in crisis, spiritual power, and all of the things that has kept the powers that rule the Universe working on their behalf. Things that I judge have very little to do with the “goodness” of White people or their right to rule.

    It only makes me sad to see even those who know the history of Blacks in America groping for “acceptance” and “approval”. History and the struggles overcome by Blacks prove their inherent right to life, survival and admiration. The shame through it all is that Blacks lost so much of their own self esteem in battle, and trying to figure out why Whites have treated them so badly. Shame, shame, shame, because along with that loss of self-esteem has come the illnesses of doubt, self-deprecation, anger, loss of health and love. And the worst is that Blacks blame themselves for it all.


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