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By Nehemiah D. Frank 

In 2017, the Tulsa City Council passed a 180-day, temporary prohibition on the construction of small-box, discount stores in North Tulsa. The short-term ban provides the city’s legal team a reasonable amount of time to decide what shall be considered adequate space between small-box, discount stores.

Many constituents met biweekly at City Hall to voice their opinion; a vast majority of Tulsans spoke in favor of the moratorium. The premise of their motif, stop proliferating north Tulsa with dollar stores.

Despite the community’s choice and the councilors’ vote, an insidious campaign continues to slither within the shadows of our local democracy. And simultaneously, influential and well-established, media outlets overpower black voices by pressing their heels into the jugular of a community’s collective decision and spirit.

These look-a-likes are black-decoy, docile-minded perpetrators, Black leaders, who do not mind engaging in rouge et noir with a self-centered enemy. They thrive at the chance of becoming bedfellows with the sons and daughters of — a once — envious gentry who twice destroyed the black excellence of Greenwood, for what is seemingly pennies in comparison to the vast wealth of their unseeable deceptive masters’ advantages.

What a shame!

They are the captives, mental prisoners, Black Benedict Arnolds who habitually think they are white pons, in a game of chess, invited to the table of kings over queens who appointed them rights to preside over black dominions.

Forgive them, for they know not, and have produced nothing, nothing positive for their, own, community because their offerings birthed seedless fruits. 

Remain stalwart, Greenwood, and ye shall overcome. 


Nehemiah D. Frank is the Founder of the Black Wall St. Times. Frank is also the Co-Executive Producer of the “Dominic Durant Sports Show.” Frank graduated from Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL in General Studies, and earned his second degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. He is highly involved in community activism, a middle school teacher at Sankofa School of the Performing Arts, a blogger for Education Post, and dedicates most of his time to protecting, empowering, and uplifting his community. Frank is a 2017 Terence Crutcher Foundation Honoree and has been featured on NBC, Blavity, and Tulsa People

Nehemiah D. Frank is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Wall Street Times and a descendant of two families that survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Although his publication’s store and newsroom...