“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.
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.
“As we head into the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a horrific and racist event, let’s make no mistake about it: our leaders did not care about Black lives then, and our leaders do not care about Black lives now. If they did, they would not be rolling out the red carpet, celebrating and capitulating to the most racist president we’ve had in our modern history,” Kojo Asamoa-Caesar says.
For some reason, some police officers find amusement in hearing us say, “I can’t breathe” and then apply more pressure. If this didn’t happen to George Floyd, it would eventually happen to someone else. And I think it will still happen to someone else because America is still racist.
The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation enters its 11th year of the National Symposium and, due to COVID-19, this year’s symposium will be presented in a virtual format.
As we confront this pain and suffering one thing is clear, we must not engage in “happy talk” about “we are in this together” and “we are going to be alright.” From our point of view, we are not all experiencing this pandemic in the same way.
Gov. Kevin Stitt, who was not wearing a mask, also was unmasked during a May 4 visit by Arkansas-based Dillard’s Department store executives Bill Dillard II and Bill Dillard III to mark the reopening of the store in Oklahoma City.