Regardless of where you live, it’s incumbent upon us ― especially white people, who benefit from the same system that allowed this attack to occur, protected its perpetrators from legal action, precluded its victims from receiving compensation, and hid it from view of the masses for generations ― to seek out the stories that have been purposefully hidden or misrepresented in order to continue perpetuating false, placated narratives of our country’s true past.
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The program will focus on Fields’s experience growing up in segregated Tulsa and her prominent journalism career, including the PBS documentary she wrote and produced, “Goin’ Back to T-Town,” about race relations in the city.
The white supremacist dynamic at play in these remarks was emblematic of the national scene in 1921. Indeed, sociologists and historians refer to this period in our history as “the nadir of race relations in America.” This was the era of a proliferation of “race riots” – more than 25 in 1919 alone – and lynchings – domestic terrorism – perpetrated primarily against African Americans.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber donated to the Greenwood Cultural Center a copy of its meeting minutes from the weeks following the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Their preservation alongside other important archival material will help ensure the most complete set of historical facts about the massacre as possible.
Bertrick ‘OmaleyB’ Bailey’s current litigation illustrates a design flaw in what is effectively the scale model for what we are are about to undergo in the Historic Greenwood District, and I will take this opportunity to ask our community leaders to troubleshoot this issue now while we have time to build a solution into our future plans.
“We are encouraged by the legislature’s dedication of $1.5 million to the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.”
The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission invites the public to participate in a community input meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Cultural Center located at 322 N. Greenwood.