The Destruction of Greenwood Tulsa, Oklahoma by White Mob; American Black Wall Street
Greenwood Tulsa Oklahoma was a flourishing black suburb and it was label as the “Black Wall Street”.
While many around the world today protest the killing of George Floyd, many do not know that hundreds of blacks in America have continued to pay the supreme price for the racial disequilibrium in American society.
Greenwood suburb was built by formal black slaves in America after the American civil war. The formal slaves were given land to live on.
They built a thriving town with its own cinemas, brewery, and commercial centers. Greenwood was a testament to the industrious nature of American blacks.
In May 1921, exactly 99 years ago, White supremacist mob attacked and destroyed the black Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hundreds died (possibly more) and a “burn all” mentality leaves the area once affectionately known as “Black Wall Street” a barren wasteland.
This was the greatest racial massacre in American history. For days white mobs looted and run rampage on the town of Greenwood.
The atrocities committed by the whites on the blacks during the attack were largely undocumented this shows how the American system has aided racism. over 300 businesses destroyed in a matter of days, and rumor has it, mass graves that have yet to be discovered.
The Greenwood Tulsa, Oklahoma episode is just one of many atrocities committed against the black communities in America.
If anyone thinks this was a rare, one-time occurrence: it was not. In every single city in America, black residents have toiled to build family wealth, buy land or start businesses and it was either denied outrightly by racist banks or taken through gentrification or violence.
The death of George Floyd is another reminder that the lives of black people in America are still very cheap and the flame of racism is still growing brighter.
Watch Footage of the only surviving clip of Greenwood Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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