United States President Joe Biden this Tuesday paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the first centenary of the Tulsa massacre and announced new measures to reduce racial inequality in the country.
Actions include increasing recruitment of underprivileged minority-founded small businesses and community revitalization funds in Greenwood, as well as inter-agency efforts to address housing valuation inequality.
In a speech in which he described the events in the affluent Greenwood neighborhood on June 1, 1921 as a “massacre” and an “act of hatred and internal terrorism”, Biden affirmed that this “hell” continues to exist in reality.
To back up his words, he recalled the attack on the Capitol last January, events which, according to the President, show that white supremacy is “the deadliest threat to the country today”.
“Compatriots: It wasn’t a riot. It was a massacre, one of the worst in our history, but not the only one. And for too long it has been forgotten by our history in a clear effort to erase it from our minds, our collective memories, ”said Biden, as reported by CNN.
These days, the state of Oklahoma is the scene of marches and mobilizations for the 100th In May 1921, a racist murdered around 300 black people.
In 2001, a state commission estimated the damage done to the Greenwood neighborhood, then known as Black Wall Street, at $ 30 million, an affluent area of the city that was built and burned by African American citizens Looted as a result of hoaxes by the Tulsa Tribune, which accused 19-year-old Dick Rowland of raping a white girl and lynching him without any evidence.
After a night of destruction and looting attended by Tulsa police themselves, Rowland, a young shoeshine boy whose alleged victim never testified, was removed from town and acquitted of all feelings of guilt without trial held.