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The 1921 Tulsa massacre A specific incident in US history that exposes the hypocritical nature of the racist imperialist US government--and is rarely talked about--took place in Tulsa Okla in 1921 Before the righteous rebellions of the oppressed Black masses in Watts Newark Detroit and elsewhere in the late 1960s there was the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 Never heard of it A lot of people have not Investigations begun in 1997 concluded that this riot could more appropriately be described as a massacre Mass graves of at least 300 Black victims of racist violence have been uncovered according to the Tulsa Race Riot Commission The official report had stated that 36 people died Yet many historians now say that more Black people were killed in Tulsa than in any other recorded riot in US history Millions of Black people were forced to leave the South at the turn of the 20th century to escape the savage lynching wretched poverty and other remnants of slavery Thousands of Black people migrated to Tulsa Oil had been discovered throughout the Southwest a region once known as Indian Territory that had been a part of Mexico Glenn Pool 14 miles from Tulsa became known as the richest small oilfield in the world By 1907 Oklahoma had become the center of the countrys oil production producing 300000 barrels a day Black Tulsans were trying to take advantage of this economic boom by establishing their own businesses in the Greenwood area Tulsa was an extremely segregated city Black people were forced to live on the north side of town Whites lived in the southern part Black people were prohibited from doing business with whites The educator Booker T Washington characterized the Greenwood section as the Negros Wall Street Racists referred to Greenwood as Little Africa The people of Greenwood were attempting to carry out their own
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