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What Really Happened at the Tulsa Massacre?

HBO's "Watchmen" opened with a visceral imagining of the Tulsa Massacre in 1921. That destruction of "Black Wall Street" was real, and a moment that history books have yet to fully reckon with.

Believed to be the single worst incident of racial violence in American history

One of the worst instances of racial violence in U.S. history is one many Americans don’t even know happened. For 18 hours in 1921, the black neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma was burned to the ground by a white lynch mobs. On May 30, 1921, Black teenager Dick Rowland was arrested for allegedly assaulting a white elevator operator. When an angry white mob threatened to lynch Rowland, a group of armed black WWI veterans arrived to protect the teen. Pandemonium soon broke out.

Soon, thousands of white citizens, deputized by the police, began looting and burning black homes and businesses in Greenwood. The Greenwood district was known as Black Wall Street — a thriving black-owned business district and the wealthiest black community in the U.S. Many claimed the attack was motivated by anxieties about new black financial mobility. During the massacre, firebombs were dropped from planes. 1,256 houses were burned and up to 300 people were killed. Property damage amounted to up to $32 million in 2019 metrics according to the Oklahoma Commission.

In 2001, an official Race Riot Commission was organized to review the details of the event. No one will ever know the absolute truth of what happened during the hours of the Race Riot. However, by examining historical resources, members of the Race Riot Commission determined a number of details to be undeniable. “These are not myths, not rumors, not speculations, not questioned. They are the historical record.” No prosecutions took place for any actions committed during the massacre, and the tragedy was subsequently omitted in local, state, and federal history books. It wasn’t until the riot’s 75th anniversary that the state of Oklahoma finally expressed a desire to bring the events to light.

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10/23/2019 12:00 PM

227 comments

  • Ryan P.
    06/07/2021 04:56

    Bombs dropped by planes?? 😮😮😮

  • Karma K.
    06/04/2021 12:47

    Wait airplanes? Wtf how

  • Nathan E.
    06/03/2021 14:24

    Democrat KKK

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  • Linda B.
    06/01/2021 19:08

    It wasn't a riot.. it was a massacre.

  • Val B.
    06/01/2021 13:24

    I wish the narrator would change his wording as that was not a race riot,it was massacre of the black community by the hateful whites.Please call it as it was people.

  • Fred B.
    06/01/2021 09:30

    Black Wall Street was Burn Down And Hundreds of Black People Murders Because of Those Lying 🤥 Racist Women’s Monsters...👺 Emmett Till’s was Murder Because of Those Lying 🤥 Racist Women’s Monsters...👺 And Not One ☝🏾 Of Those Monsters Have Done A Day In Jail They say Murder is the only Crime that has no time Limit Except When You Are Killing Black Baby’s, Black Women’s and Men’s They talk about Black People Rioting But We have never Murder Anyone We only Burn down a Few Store I am only talking about the Racist White Women “She is the Most Dangerous”

  • Fred B.
    06/01/2021 06:43

    Black Wall Street was Burn Down And Hundreds of Black People Murders Because of Those Lying 🤥 Racist Women’s Monsters...👺 Emmett Till’s was Murder Because of Those Lying 🤥 Racist Women’s Monsters...👺 And Not One ☝🏾 Of Those Monsters Have Done A Day In Jail They say Murder is the only Crime that has no time Limit Except When You Are Killing Black Baby’s, Black Women’s and Men’s They talk about Black People Rioting But We have never Murder Anyone We only Burn down a Few Store I am only talking about the Racist White Women “She is the Most Dangerous”

  • Elsye M.
    06/01/2021 03:13

    https://time.com/5682139/porvenir-massacre-descendants/

  • Rona C.
    05/31/2021 13:45

    was a excuse to steal their properties

  • Sharon G.
    05/31/2021 13:43

    If you keep race bating you are just making things worse. What happened in the past is done. Remember and move.

  • Santiago M.
    05/31/2021 12:48

    Wasn't a riot, was a criminal intent of another genocide as the many we have done since our beginning as a country

  • Gabby R.
    05/31/2021 12:41

    🥺

  • Gabby R.
    05/31/2021 12:39

    I once heard someone say forgive but don't forget

  • Alisha D.
    05/31/2021 11:59

    Barbaric

  • Aldrine A.
    05/31/2021 10:38

    this is the parent page... Search Brut. You'll find many more...

  • Irish M.
    05/31/2021 05:59

    Yep yep .always a good Christian ✝️ white woman 👩‍🦳 .lol lied on the Indian the black man lol . They wanted to do it. Read the book 📖 of James 3/8. A lie don't care who tells it it just want to be told. Humm.

  • Johnny K.
    05/31/2021 05:49

    This.. and atill U.S acts as the world police ever since...

  • Henry S.
    05/31/2021 05:24

    America hasn’t changed. They’re just getting better at being racists than ever before.

  • D A.
    05/31/2021 04:22

    Race baiting as usual aye.

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