In Remembrance of the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921

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In a few days it will be the centennial of the Tulsa Race Riots, the worst race riot in American history. There was a vibrant community of 10,000 blacks in Tulsa called "Greenwood" that Booker T. Washington called the "Black Wall Street." They had realized the American Dream. Businesses were thriving. There were homes, schools, churches, and lots of black-owned businesses. On June 1st, because of dispute that arose between two people in downtown Tulsa, a lynch mob was organized and marched into Greenwood, with the support of the local government and the national guard, and burned Greenwood to the ground. Many were buried in mass graves. Those that escaped were housed in an internment camp for a while and then let go. The community of Greenwood was never rebuilt. Reparations were never paid by the city. Today the area is mostly open land, or being used by a campus of the University of Oklahoma. For decades the entire affair was swept under the rug because of shame, and so today many residents of Tulsa are totally unware that anything like this ever happened.
 

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In a few days it will be the centennial of the Tulsa Race Riots, the worst race riot in American history. There was a vibrant community of 10,000 blacks in Tulsa called "Greenwood" that Booker T. Washington called the "Black Wall Street." They had realized the American Dream. Businesses were thriving. There were homes, schools, churches, and lots of black-owned businesses. On June 1st, because of dispute that arose between two people in downtown Tulsa, a lynch mob was organized and marched into Greenwood, with the support of the local government and the national guard, and burned Greenwood to the ground. Many were buried in mass graves. Those that escaped were housed in an internment camp for a while and then let go. The community of Greenwood was never rebuilt. Reparations were never paid by the city. Today the area is mostly open land, or being used by a campus of the University of Oklahoma. For decades the entire affair was swept under the rug because of shame, and so today many residents of Tulsa are totally unware that anything like this ever happened.
You left out the American Dream

Oil boom: 1901–1907 Tulsa changed from a small frontier town to a boomtown with the discovery of oil in 1901 at Red Fork, a small community southwest of Tulsa and on the opposite side of the Arkansas River.

Energy industry prosperity.
Now you people bring us Portland.
 
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