On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race massacre, the current POTUS, Joe Biden, called on all American citizens to remember the terrible events. Nevertheless, he has declared it a “day of remembrance”.
In case you don’t know what happened 100 years ago, hundreds of black families who lived in the affluent Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were attacked and killed by a mob of white terrorists who also burned the entire neighborhood.
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Now, to celebrate the tragic day, Joe Biden stated, “A hundred years ago a violent mob of white supremacy raided and destroyed approximately 35 square blocks of the thriving black neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Families and children were all murdered in cold blood. Houses, shops and churches were burned down. In total, up to three hundred black Americans were killed and nearly ten thousand became destitute and homeless.
In the same proclamation, the POTUS urged all American citizens “to reflect on the roots of racist terror in our country and to re-commit to work to eradicate systemic racism across our country”.
The neighborhood also came to be known as Black Wall Street as it was home to many wealthy black families who were able to flee the south and start businesses there after the Civil War.
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As a result, the entire area became a target for white racists, including the infamous Ku Klux Klan.
In 1921, a mob of armed local terrorists with racist motives attacked innocent people for two days, ransacked their stores and set fire to everything in sight with the help of private planes that flew over the city and dropped incendiary devices.
10,000 people were left homeless and thousands more injured in the horrific attack.
As for the death toll, the reports are inconclusive, but it is believed that the victims were more than 150.