Uncovering the erased history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (Black Wallstreet aka Little Africa)

February 29, 2020

The truth of what Black people have suffered in America under the system of White Supremacy is still being discovered and uncovered.

 

The "lost", erased and hidden history of what Black people have suffered under the system of white supremacy negatively impacts us today in what is known as Post Traumatic Slave Disorder.  This disorder is cared out across the board; financially, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

 

That is why we must create a New Educational Paradigm for Black Youth.

 

It is only now, in the year 2020, that the 1921 Tulsa Race massacre of over 300 Black men, women and children is being mentioned in school text books.  Unfortunately, those text books are only in the Oklahoma school district.

According to the Associated Press, "While schools across the state have been required to teach about the massacre since 2002, state Superintendent of Schools Joy Hofmeister said Thursday the curriculum developed at the state level follows a two-year pilot program by the Tulsa School District. It will incorporate recommendations by the Tulsa Race Massacre Commission in conjunction with descendants of victims and survivors of the violence. “We are providing additional support to help (teachers) teach these horrific events so that students have easy access to these tools and historical documents in teaching about the Tulsa race massacre,” Hofmeister said."

 

Also read: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Will Officially Become a Part of Oklahoma School Curriculum Beginning in the Fall

 

 The Final Call article entitled: "Black Wall Street: Can a historic example help birth a new Black economic reality?"   stated, "Bombs were dropped in America in 1921 but they weren’t part of an aerial attack by a foreign invader, they were incendiary devices dropped by those intent on destroying a prosperous Black community in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and removing any traces of what resourceful Black people had accomplished. Black Wall Street commemorations were being held across the United States to mark racial assaults that began late May 31 and continued into June 1, 1921. Because of the racial discrimination prevalent at the time, Blacks were relegated to limited areas for shopping and land ownership. According to the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the area, also known as “Little Africa” encompassed over 400 businesses and housed 11,000 residents. Residents included well-educated Blacks who were doctors, lawyers and had earned advanced degrees.

 

However anyone desiring to obtain an education, start a business, raise a family or anything other than servitude was a threat to the existing White social, economic and political order. In that environment and economic reality Black entrepreneurs, professionals and the poor aided and patronized one another in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said author and economist Cedric Muhammad."

 

The lecture “'Business Is Warfare': What is Required for Our Economic Independence?” delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 45 of his 52-week Lecture Series on “The Time and What Must Be Done” reads,

 

"Recognizing that We are The People of God’s Promise is the start to changing our condition

 

Remember “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma:  Black folk in Tulsa had it going on.  Up and down the street there were Black businesses; Black people with pride and dignity in what they had produced under adverse conditions.  But then a lie was told that a White girl, this “precious, pure thing” was raped by a “big, burly Negro”—(you know how they can make that picture look so ugly; they don’t even say, “a young man beat so-and-so up,” no; “it was a big, black, burly Negro”)—that frightens other White folk.  So they say, “We have to keep these Negroes in their place!” and so they bombed “Black Wall Street.”  The first time a bomb was dropped in America, it was dropped on Black Wall Street!  Then they cordoned it off where people could not escape out of it; and as they tried to escape, they shot them down in cold blood, striking terror into the hearts of our men and women.  So today, you’re just afraid now to challenge a system that has been put in place to keep you down. 

 

“We Are At War”—but you can’t be “at war” with no sense.  Here we are, [now “2013”], and we are still “marching,” desperately demanding:  “We want jobs!  Come on, Barack!  Give us jobs!”  I think it’s very unfair to Brother President for you to “load on him” what he can’t do.  President Barack Obama wasn’t put there to fulfill a “Black Agenda.”  Now, if I’m a Jew and I go in Congress, “I’m going to look out for my constituents, but I’m going to always have a Jewish Agenda.”  But Black folk feel as though they have to show White folk, “Well, I am Black—but I’m not that Black … ”—you always have to show White folks that you’re not as Black as you look; that, if they let you in, you’re going to have to look out for them, too.  (And you’ll probably look out for them “one”; and if there are any left, then maybe some for you.)"

 

 

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