Wednesday, June 1, 2011

On June 1

On this day in ...
... 1921 (90 years ago today), 18 hours of violence, which came to be called the Tulsa race riot, came to an end. In that short period, it is estimated that anywhere from 50 to 300 persons were killed and more than 1,000 properties were destroyed in the neighborhood known as Greenwood. (photo credit) As stated by the website of the Oklahoma Historical Society:
By the time the violence ended, the city had been placed under martial law, thousands of Tulsans were being held under armed guard, and the state's second-largest African American community had been burned to the ground.

Touching off violence were allegations (later shown to be unsubstantiated) of a cross-race assault; however, tensions had been brewing in the community for years.

(Prior June 1 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

1 comment:

Stephanie Farrior said...

In 2007 a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was submitted on behalf of survivors of the Tulsa race riots by Charles Ogletree and Gay McDougall/Global Rights. They argued that the survivors continued to suffer from the denial of the right to an effective remedy and their right to equality before the law without distinction as to race. Their follow-up Response Submission to the IACHR is available here.

Watch the video of the IACHR hearing on the case here.

I also urge readers to see the powerful documentary about the Tulsa race riot survivors, Before They Die. Survivor Otis Clark was 104 years old when he attended the IACHR hearing, still attempting to achieve justice.