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World Biden honours victims of ‘forgotten’ Tulsa race massacre

08:00  02 june  2021
08:00  02 june  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

What the Tulsa Race Massacre Did to Its Survivors

  What the Tulsa Race Massacre Did to Its Survivors A century after a white mob attacked “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, digitized census records are bringing the economic impact into clearer focus.On May 31, 1921, a mob of more than 1,000 white men descended on the jail where a Black teenager was being held on suspicion of assaulting a young white woman. In response, more than 50 Black men came to the aid of the police defending the jail. When these outnumbered Black men retreated to Greenwood, a predominantly Black neighborhood, the white mob attacked its residents and burned their homes, businesses, churches, school, and hospital.

President Joe Biden is in Tulsa , Oklahoma Tuesday, the 100th anniversary of the 1921 massacre that decimated a Black community. More than 300 people were killed and hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed after a white mob attacked the neighborhood. Biden , speaking at the Greenwood Cultural Center, honored the victims in marking the 100th anniversary. "For much too long, the history of what took place here was told in silence, cloaked in darkness," the president said.

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Joe Biden on Tuesday became the first sitting president of the United States to visit the site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where hundreds of Black Americans were massacred by a white mob in 1921, saying the United States must learn from one of the worst episodes of racist violence in the country’s history.

a man in a suit standing in front of a laptop: US President Joe Biden marks a moment of silence during commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre [Brandon Bell/ Getty Images via AFP] © US President Joe Biden marks a moment of silence during commemorations of the 100th anniversary of t... US President Joe Biden marks a moment of silence during commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre [Brandon Bell/ Getty Images via AFP]

The Democrat marked the centenary of the massacre by meeting the few remaining survivors of the violence.

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  Tulsa Race Massacre: How to Watch New Docs Commemorating the 100th Anniversary Documentaries on History, National Geographic and PBS explore one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history.“Black Wall Street was named that because there were bank owners, oil well owners, Black people who owned airplanes, etc. Those people were targeted because they were successful,” Dawn Porter, the filmmaker behind National Geographic’s Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer, tells ET. “That’s not a story we have often heard.  I always wonder what else we don’t know.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation’s darkest — and largely forgotten — moments of racial violence when he helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a thriving Black community in Tulsa , Oklahoma. America’s continuing struggle over racial justice will continue to test Biden , whose presidency would have been impossible without overwhelming support from Black voters, both in the Democratic primaries and the general election. Biden has pledged to help combat racism in policing and other areas of life following

"We honour the legacy of the Greenwood community and of Black Wall Street by reaffirming our commitment to advance racial justice through the whole of our government, and working to root out systemic racism from our laws, our policies, and our hearts," read a statement from the Biden White House. media captionIn 1921 Tulsa saw one of the biggest race massacres in American history. On Monday, Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum posted an apology on behalf of the city government for its failure to protect the community and "to do right by the victims ". "While no municipal elected official in Tulsa

“This was not a riot, this was a massacre,” Biden said in a speech to survivors and their descendants. “(It was) among the worst in our history – but not the only one and, for too long, forgotten by our history.

“As soon as it happened, there was a clear effort to erase it from our collective memories… for a long time the schools in Tulsa didn’t even teach it, let alone schools elsewhere.”

White residents in Tulsa shot and killed as many as 300 Black people on May 31 and June 1, 1921, and burned and looted homes and businesses, after a white woman accused a Black man of assault, an allegation that was never proven.

The rampage devastated the African American community of Greenwood, at the time so prosperous it was called Black Wall Street. Historians say early 10,000 people were left homeless.

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  ‘I hear the screams’: Tulsa race massacre remembered Survivors of 1921 white mob massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and their descendants demand reparations and recognition.She was seven years old when white mobs stormed the streets of Greenwood, a thriving Black community in the US city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31, 1921, killing scores of people, burning homes and businesses, and forcing Black families to run for their lives.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation’s darkest — and largely forgotten — moments of racial violence when he helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a thriving Black community in Tulsa , Oklahoma. America’s continuing struggle over racial justice will continue to test Biden , whose presidency would have been impossible without overwhelming support from Black voters, both in the Democratic primaries and the general election. Biden has pledged to help combat racism in policing and other areas of life following

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation’s darkest — and largely forgotten — moments of racial violence when he helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a thriving Black community in Tulsa , Oklahoma. Biden will be the first president to participate in remembrances of the destruction of what was known as “Black Wall Street.” In 1921 — on May 31 and June 1 — Tulsa ’s white residents and civil society leaders looted and burned to the ground the Greenwood district and used planes to drop projectiles on it.

But insurance companies did not cover the damage and no one was charged for the violence.

Biden said the legacy of racist violence and white supremacy continued to resonate in the US.

“We should know the good, the bad, everything. That’s what great nations do,” he said. “They come to terms with their dark sides. And we’re a great nation.”

Biden said the deadly January 6 assault on the US Capitol and efforts by a number of states to restrict voting rights were echoes of the same problem.

“What happened in Greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism, with a through-line that exists today,” Biden said.

Biden said one of the survivors of the attack was reminded of it earlier this year when far-right supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol while Congress was certifying Biden’s 2020 election win.

Earlier, the White House announced a set of policy initiatives to counter racial inequality, including plans to invest tens of billions of dollars in communities like Greenwood that suffer from persistent poverty, as well as efforts to combat housing discrimination.

100 years after Tulsa race massacre, African Americans still feel outcast

  100 years after Tulsa race massacre, African Americans still feel outcast At the foot of modern buildings on an anonymous street, a few discreet metal plaques catch the eye. "Grier shoemaker," "Earl real estate" -- riveted to the ground, they bear the names of Black-owned businesses that once stood there before being destroyed during one of the worst racial massacres in the United States, in 1921. A rare vestige of a neighborhood so prosperous it was called Black Wall Street, the plaques prove that the history of Greenwood -- a historically Black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma -- is understood not by the monuments that currently stand, but the ones that are no longer there.

Biden has pledged to help combat racism in policing and other areas of life following nationwide protests after George Floyd’s death a year ago that reignited a national conversation about race . President Joe Biden speaks at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Arlington, Va.( Biden on Tuesday will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation’s darkest _ and largely forgotten _ moments of racial violence, marking the 100th anniversary of a massacre in Tulsa , Oklahoma that wiped out a thriving Black community.

Biden on Tuesday will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation’s darkest _ and largely forgotten _ moments of racial violence, marking the 100th anniversary of a massacre in Tulsa , Oklahoma that wiped out a thriving Black community. The ongoing struggle over racial justice will continue to test Biden , whose presidency would not have been possible without overwhelming support from Black voters, both in the Democratic primaries and the general election.

Families of the affected Oklahoma residents have pushed for financial reparations, a measure Biden has only committed to studying further.

Biden said his administration would soon also unveil measures to counter hate crimes and white supremacist violence that he said the intelligence community has concluded is “the most lethal threat to the homeland.”

Voting rights

He also entrusted Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black American and first Asian American to hold that office, to lead his administration’s efforts to counter Republican efforts to restrict voting rights.

Multiple Republican-led states, arguing for a need to bolster election security, have passed or proposed voting restrictions, which Biden and other Democrats say are aimed at making it harder for Black voters to cast ballots.

There was “an unprecedented assault on our democracy,” Biden said, vowing to fight for voters’ rights. “This sacred right is under assault with incredible intensity like I’ve never seen.”

Biden oversaw a moment of silence for the Tulsa victims after meeting three people who lived in Greenwood during the massacre, Viola Fletcher, Hughes Van Ellis and Lessie Benningfield Randle.

The United States commemorates the 100 years of the Tulsa massacre in Oklahoma

 The United States commemorates the 100 years of the Tulsa massacre in Oklahoma © Brandon Bell Getty Images North America / AFP in the Greenwood district of Tulsa on May 28, 2021 before the 100th anniversary of the massacre. Considered one of the worst massacres of African Americans by white riots, the 1921 Tulsa massacre, a genuine unleashing of murderer violence would have cost the lives of between 100 and 300 people.

Now between the ages of 101 and 107, the survivors addressed Congress earlier this year, asking for “justice” and that the country recognise their suffering. They are also parties to a lawsuit against state and local officials seeking remedies for the massacre, including a victims’ compensation fund.

In 2001, a commission created to study the tragedy concluded that Tulsa authorities themselves had armed some of the white rioters, and recommended reparations be paid.

The mayor of Tulsa formally apologised this week for the city government’s failure to protect the community.

Biden did not answer a reporter’s question about whether there should be an official presidential apology for the killings.

The president “supports a study of reparations, but believes first and foremost the task in front of us is to root out systemic racism,” spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Racial reckoning

Biden, who is popular with Black Americans, travelled to Tulsa amid a racial reckoning in the US, which has gathered momentum since last year’s murder of George Floyd, a Black man who suffocated under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, sparking protests across the country and elsewhere in the world.

Biden made tackling racial inequality a key platform of his 2020 campaign and has done the same since taking office. He met members of Floyd’s family last week on the anniversary of his death and is pushing for passage of a police reform bill that bears Floyd’s name.

Biden, First President Exercise to Visit the Tulsa Massacre

 Biden, First President Exercise to Visit the Tulsa Massacre USA-Racism-Biden-Tulsa website: Biden, First President in Exercise to Visit Tulsa Massacre © Reuters / Evelyn Hockstein Biden, First President Exercise to visit the Tulsa massacre site by Jeff Mason and Heather Timmons Washington (Reuters) - Joe Biden will become Tuesday the first American president in exercise to go to the massacre site of hundreds of black Americans by a white crowd In Tulsa (Oklahoma) a hundred years ago, one of the worst chapters in the history of racial violence in the Uni

But Biden’s track record on issues of race is complex. He came under fire during the 2020 campaign for opposition to school bus programmes in the 1970s that helped integrate American schools. He also sponsored a 1994 crime bill that civil rights experts say contributed to a rise in mass incarceration and has defended his work with two Southern segregationist senators during his days in the US Senate.

His trip on Tuesday offered a sharp contrast to a year ago, when Trump, a Republican who criticised Black Lives Matter and other racial justice movements, planned a political rally in Tulsa on June 19, the ‘Juneteenth’ anniversary that celebrates the end of US slavery in 1865. The rally was postponed after criticism.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, once a slave-owning state and a stronghold of the Ku Klux Klan, racial disparities remain stark.

There are marked inequalities between the northern part of Tulsa, which is predominantly Black, and the south, which is mostly white.

Local activist Kristi Williams, who is descended from some of the massacre victims, told AFP news agency she wanted Biden to “do us right.”

“It’s been 100 years, and we have been impacted negatively, from housing, economic development, our land has been taken,” she said. “This country, right now has an opportunity to right this wrong.”

Public awareness about the killings in Tulsa, which were not taught in history classes or reported by newspapers for decades, has grown in recent years.

“It is necessary that we share with each generation the past and the significant imperfection of inequality,” said Frances Jordan-Rakestraw, executive director of the Greenwood Cultural Center, a museum about the massacre visited by Biden.

"Now your spell will be known to all": in Tulsa, Joe Biden .
Repair Speech © Carlos Barria Speech by Joe Biden marking the centenary of the Tulsa massacre in Oklahoma. a century exactly after a massacre having targeted the black population of Tulsa, Joe Biden made Tuesday a historic tour in this city of Oklahoma for "break the silence" and promise to bridge the racial gap still gaping United States.

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