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REPARATIONS Reparations are defined as the act of making amends offering expiation or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury by Merriam Websters online dictionary The United States of America has awarded reparations to many different groups of people throughout history such as the casinos given to the Native Americans However the United States is currently facing an important reparation case from the destruction of Tulsas Black Wall Street This case is well deserved due to the severity of loss the African American community of North Tulsa Oklahoma faced The Black Wall Street is the name that was given to the successful Greenwood Avenue of North Tulsa Oklahoma which was completely destroyed by the worst race riot in US history on May 31 1921 Dr Leroy Vaughn author of Black People Their Place in World History describes Tulsa as so racist and segregated that it was the only city in America that boasted of segregated telephone booths 1 Due to this strict segregation the Black community had no other choice but to restrict itself to a thirty-five square block region The area soon became prosperous and legendary Vaughn 2 This business district which began at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street had its own bus line two high schools one hospital two newspapers two theaters three drug stores four hotels a public library and thirteen churches There were also over one hundred fifty brick commercial buildings of two and three stories that housed clothing and grocery stores cafes rooming houses nightclubs and a large number of profession offices including doctors lawyers and dentist in the area Tulsas progressive African American community boasted some of the citys most elegant brick homes well furnished with china fine linens beautiful furniture and grand pianos Vaughn 2 As described the Black community took advantage of the area they were restricted to and made it one of the most beautiful and prosperous districts
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