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The Tulsa race massacre

Date: 28 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

US President will visit Tulsa city in Oklahoma to pay homage to victims ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre.

 

Background

The Tulsa city massacre is often faded from American history but it is seen as a major event of racial violence against blacks.

 

Details

  • The incident is being acknowledged after many years of suppression by the visit of a sitting US President in form of Joe Biden.

  • The incident took place on the evening of May 31 in the year 1921. A mob consisting of White residents of Tulsa attacked and burned a prosperous Black neighbourhood.

  • The visit and acknowledgement was expected after the incident was highlighted during the incumbent President’s campaign as well as Black Lives Matter protests.

 

Tulsa race massacre

  • The prosperous Black neighbourhood of Greenwood had sprung at the northern side of the city during the start of 20th century.

  • The area was popularly known as “Black wall Street” for its ability to provide upward social mobility to Black people from southern states.

 

Start of violence

  • The violence was sparked after a Blackman was accused of molesting a White woman. An inflammatory post in newspaper started the process of mob violence.

  • The White mob indulged in state supported violence and killed any Black person visible on streets. Dynamite bombs were hurled on the area from planes.

  • Fire fighters arriving to prevent burning were forced to depart. The bodies of dead people were discarded in river or buried in mass graves.

 

Post massacre

  • The city authorities and administration covered the news reports and hid the news of the massacre. No individual was charged for the massacre.

  • Researchers assume that about $ 27 million worth of property may have been destroyed. It also says that development was denied to the Black community.