It is the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee and others are calling it “ . . . the single largest act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history. It is an anniversary of pain, grief, and forgottenness.”
President Biden joined Congresswoman Lee and others from the Congressional Black Caucus for the public commemoration in Tulsa.
The Post spoke to the Congresswoman via phone while she was in Tulsa on the eve of the commemoration. She was at Vernon AME church, destroyed in 1921, where she helped in the dedication of a prayer wall.
Greenwood, aka “Black Wall Street” in 1921, was an affluent Black neighborhood in Tulsa. “This success came with white resentment. . . . a white woman made a false rape allegation against a Black Greenwood resident, white mobs flooded to Greenwood in response,” said Lee
“White residents, police officers, Oklahoma National guardsmen, and Ku Klux Klansmen alike firebombed the Black neighborhood, destroying over 100 businesses and burning 40 city blocks to the ground,” she continued.
“By morning, Black Wall Street – the single greatest model of Black prosperity at the time – was reduced to rubble. Over 300 Black Tulsans were murdered. And not a single white perpetrator was arrested for their crimes that day.
“No arrests. No convictions. And to this day, no reparations for the 10,000 displaced residents or the $100 million in property that was lost.”
Lee also visited Greenwood Cultural Center Town Hall and met with survivors 107-year-old Mother Fletcher and 100-year-old Uncle Red.
The goals are to make sure there is never another Tulsa, but also about uncovering the stories and reparations. Lee sees Tulsa as ground zero.
She encourages folks to support the work of “Justice for Greenwood.”
“We cannot let ourselves forget this painful history. I hope you join…in lifting up the stories of the victims and their descendants,” Lee said
H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, has moved to the floor of the house.
For more information and to donate to Greenwood, log onto JusticeForGreenwood.org.
A full photo gallery of Congresswoman Lee’s Tulsa visit can be found online with this story on postnewsgroup.com