“I think the fact that the president is coming annoys folks in the African American community just as much as other folks in the community who don’t subscribe to his brand of politics,” Rep. Monroe Nichols.
In the real world, 74-year-old Donald Shaw is walking on the empty, parched grass slope by Tulsa’s noisy crosstown expressway. He’s on the other side of the city’s historical white-black dividing line from where President Donald Trump will hold a rally Saturday with his overwhelmingly white supporters.
After years of publishing Black voices online, the media company with the tagline “access is the new civil right” is seeking financial support through a GoFundMe campaign to support Black journalism through the production of their first-ever limited-edition newsprint.
Mayor Bynum has the power pursuant to Title 8, Tulsa Revised Ordinances, Section 200 and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Act, 63 O.S. § 683.3, to place a moratorium on large indoor gatherings, or to at least limit their size. This is a public health issue and not a political one. Lives are on the line.
President Donald Trump didn’t move his rally because he cares about Juneteenth — what should be a national holiday. He moved his hate rally from Friday to Saturday because he wants Black voters to support him in November. Nevertheless, Trump already knows he’s going to lose the Black vote by a landslide. He’s not that dumb. So what’s his true reasoning for moving the rally?
“To choose the date, to come to Tulsa, is totally disrespectful and a slap in the face to even happen,” said Sherry Gamble Smith, president of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, an organization named after the prosperous black community that white Oklahomans burned down in a 1921 attack.
This Juneteenth, we encourage Oklahomans to commemorate the legacy of Black Wall Street by attending “I too, am America Juneteenth Rally for Justice ” hosted by the Greenwood community. A community still fighting for restitution, equality, and just treatment under the laws of the local, state, and federal government.