'The Ugly Truth’ Of The Tulsa Race Massacre Is Becoming Known 1

‘The Ugly Truth’ Of The Tulsa Race Massacre Is Becoming Known


MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee reacts to Biden’s historical speech, where on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, he became the first sitting president to travel there to mark the day.

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  1. ”The Ugly Truth”??? How is it that this is not taught in every school? How is it that people in other countries know about this but Americans don’t? How come no other president has gone there to mark the anniversary? They had to wait 100 years?

    1. A quiet little town with its shops and businesses and a bank, schools, churches – all the normal stuff totally destroy because of LIE. The woman who started it all later admitted that she had lied. Apart from all the shooting, Americans flew over and dropped bombs on fellow Americans. How screamingly sick is that?
      Oh look! The racism and bigotry that has crawled out from under stones and is screwing the country NOW also started on a total LIE.
      They did it then because they could. They must STOP now because they can’t. America is watching. The world is watching.

    2. @joe smith
      Oh GOODY! Some scholarships! They took all their family wealth away! Committed mass murder and destruction on a scale that is unimaginable today – but some scholarships fix everything!

    3. It is a function of the powers that be. This and many other atrocities against FoundaBlack Americans have been committed historically in Wilmington, Rosewood, Chicago, Washington DC, Omaha, and many other places.

  2. Want to learn some real US history they didn’t teach you in school? Here’s some suggestions:

    “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi

    “America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States” by Erika Lee

    “El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America” by Carrie Gibson

    “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American” by Andrew L Seidel

    “Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic” by Matthew Stewart

    “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward E Baptist

    “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen

    “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” and “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life” by Richard Hofstadter

  3. The fact that Oklahoma has changed it from “riot” to Massacre is a step in the right direction. We have to continue to engage and educate Americans of all the atrocities committed by other Americans that continues to this day.

    1. they had to wait for all of the residents to die off before changing history. same thing happened with civil war history.

    1. @Chuck Balkin And yet there are multiple documentaries available to watch. SMH. LOL!!!! What’s with the mystery commas?

  4. *I can’t believe that I made it through school in America without once being told about the Tulsa massacre.*

    *It’s shameful, soul sickening and enraging…*

    1. Depends on where you went to school at. I was raised in NC and I remember a half a page in the history books about this. Even that half page was glossed over like it wasn’t a big deal. Later, as an adult, I learned it’s a very big deal!

    2. 25 blacks died, 10 whites died, but somehow that has now turned into 3000 black deaths and 0 whites lmao

    3. @joe smith Tulsa is another liberal scam. Like BLM. And liberals know it’s a scam for votes. They care more about votes than the people who cast those votes.

      “The white liberals, who have been posing as our friends, have failed us. The white liberal is the worst enemy to America and the worst enemy to the black man. White liberals are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the black man as our ‘friend’ to get our sympathy, our allegiance and our minds. The white liberal attempts to use us politically against white conservatives, so that anything the black man does is never for his own good, never for his advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal.” MALCOLM X.

    4. @Colin Connelly “the history of white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make us think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white liberal. The only way that our problems will be solved is when the black man wakes up, cleans himself up, stands on his own two feet, stops begging the white liberal and takes immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white liberal to do for us.” Malcolm X.

  5. There WILL be white families living in the area whose grandparents and grandparents resided in Tulsa in 1921 – and maybe took advantage afterwards, by stealing property. Imagine the farmers whose family has owned their farm since 1921 ….

    1. @Richard McKinney From what I’ve read, black families owned many, many farms in the area. They were basically forced to abandon those farms and run for their lives. The farms were sold soon afterwards for a pittance … how that worked legally speaking begs the question of corruption by local and state authorities.

    2. @foot bru here is what you are not reading about. There was alot of wealth that was being generated from black owned businesses and black wall street and it had nothing to do with oil.

    3. @Richard McKinney I’m sorry, but I don’t understand your comment. Maybe you could explain?

    4. @foot bru there was wealth being made at Greenwood and was local.merchants and blaxk business men and women doing well, but some white people got jealous and started a large fire and destroyed that area which is now Downtown Tulsa. I know because my family helped build Tulsa’s skyline

  6. I learned about this genocide over 40 years ago from reading banned books at the underground book store. High school history books fail to teach this. The mainstream media also failed to report it. Everyone should at least read Howard Zinn, expecially, ‘A Peoples History of The United States’. How’d it get this way? Read ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’.

    1. @joe smith ”The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district – at that time the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street”. More than 800 people were admitted to hospitals, and as many as 6,000 Black residents were interned in large facilities, many of them for several days. The Oklahoma Bureau of Vital Statistics officially recorded 36 dead. A 2001 state commission examination of events was able to confirm 39 dead, 26 Black and 13 White, based on contemporary autopsy reports, death certificates and other records.[18] The commission gave several estimates ranging from 75 to 300 dead.”

    2. @joe smith This was just the larger of thousands and thousands of “incidents” dufus. Does it have to be to register in your tiny brain????

    3. @Woody Guthrie Woody wood agree with you. Republican’t want to ban it. The truth frightens them.

    1. Every race has been on this planet the same amount of time. It’s not white’s fault others took longer to get good at the game of life. Or you can say well actually white’s are Neanderthals and actually been around longer than homosapiens either way people will still cry.

  7. I never heard about any of this growing up. First learned of it at age 61. I am so sad for these people and this history. Hard to listen to even 100 years after the fact.

    1. Marxist afrocentrists and CRT are rewriting the history books to push for more reparations and free stuff

  8. This is the first time I have heard about this incident in Tulsa Oklahoma! It must have been buried very deep.

  9. Maybe if Americans would watch
    PBS or the History channel instead of the Kardashians, they would have known about this years ago.
    You don’t know how stupid you sound when you admit that you’re
    Hearing this first the first time.

    1. Not stupid – nobody knows everything, and this was rarely mentioned anywhere. And not everyone spends all their time watching TV. I am a history buff, who even took part, though I had to go with my older cousin, in civil rights marches. I knew all about slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, KKK, Freedom Summer, the murders in Philadelphia, MS but I knew nothing of this until I got a high speed internet connection (DSL) in 2000 and decided to study the history of race in this country even more. They worked hard to whitewash this, and it worked.

    2. @Pat Doyle I moved to Tulsa back in 1994 – that is when I learned about Black Wall Street and its destruction. All it took was talking to a couple of Black citizens whose families were around then…

  10. Where is Biden’s speech? I thought it was a fine , speech. The world isn’t going to change over night

  11. Lies total lies! The real truth is starting to come out.. and it’s not what they are saying! That’s why you haven’t heard about this, not because of some bs fear of speaking about it.

    This administration has to go! And they will soon just watch!

  12. “The secret of freedom is educating the people, whereas the secret of tyranny is keeping them ignorant.” ~ Robespierre
    “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” ~ Voltaire
    “There can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.” ~Abraham Lincoln
    “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” ~ Charles Bukowski
    “Everybody has a right to their opinion, but nobody has a right to be wrong in their facts.” ~ Bernard Baruch, quoted in 1946 AP article.
    “It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled.”
    ~ Mark Twain
    “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” ~ James A. Baldwin
    “When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.” ~ Isaac Asimov
    “If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.” ~ Ulysses S. Grant, 1875
    “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” ~ Typically misattributed to Sinclair Lewis, the original source of this quote is unknown, but likely derived from labor activist Eugene V. Debs 1917 quote, “Every robber or oppressor in history has wrapped himself in a cloak of patriotism or religion, or both.”

    Before World War II, Charles Lindbergh typified American heroism with his daring flights, including the first solo transatlantic flight, and his celebration of new technology. He parlayed his fame and heroic stature into a leading role in the America First movement, which opposed America’s entrance into the war against Nazi Germany. In 1939, in an essay entitled “Aviation, Geography, and Race,” published in that most American of journals, Reader’s Digest, Lindbergh embraced something close to Nazism for America:

    “It is time to turn from our quarrels and to build our White ramparts again. This alliance with foreign races means nothing but death to us. It is our turn to guard our heritage from Mongol and Persian and Moor, before we become engulfed in a limitless foreign sea.”

    The America First movement was the public face of pro-fascist sentiment in the United States at that time. In the twenties and thirties, many Americans shared Lindbergh’s views against immigration, especially by non-Europeans. The Immigration Act of 1924 strictly limited immigration into the country, and it was specifically intended to restrict the immigration of both nonwhites and Jews.

    Once again, nationalism, aka fascism, has risen its ugly head in America, in European nations, and in some other countries around the world. The fight of good people against ignorance, the fears that sprout from it, the hate which then blossoms, culminating in the bitter toxic fruit of evil, senseless brutalities and deaths, is a constant, never-ending battle we fear, but it is a battle from which we must never shrink.

    In this era, the likes of Toxic Trump and Marginalized Greene have become the face of the new “America First” fascist movement built up over the last four decades by the GOP, Reich-wing plutocrats, demagogues, and media. But, as with Lindbergh, the American people gradually come to recognize their dysfunctional poison and reject it. Most Americans understand, accept, and appreciate that the enduring strength of America is that we are a nation of immigrants and multiculturalism, a “melting pot” where the best ideas rise to the top, and superficial differences are meaningless in the face of our common humanity and purpose. Most Americans want competent leaders who speak truth, who strive to unite, who are not corrupt, who care about them. So, it should come as no surprise that President Biden is already receiving high marks from the public, while Toxic Trump never managed to rise above even a 50% approval rating. To conclude where begun, the following quotes are submitted for further reflection:

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana
    “History doesn’t repeat itself. But it does rhyme. ~ Mark Twain
    “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” ~ Aldous Huxley
    “If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    1. Great comment, but too long for most YT attention spans. But you made the correct point that “America First” has ALWAYS meant “White Christian Americans First” and to dive deeper it meant CONSERVATIVE white Christians. It has always been tribalism at its best, by fragile bigots.

  13. Google Tulsa 1921 & there are maps that show the original Greenwood district … you can go to Google Earth and see the same area today. It is evident that what was the business district is occupied by a baseball stadium, a highway, and the OSU Campus. What is the chain of title on this land? Maybe the university could offer tuition-free education to descendants.

  14. This is one of the situations where the internet did some good – at least for me. I was always something of a history buff, and in 2000, with a good internet connection, I decided to look into the history of racism here. I discovered that I knew much less than I thought – including this. I was 38 years old before I every even heard about it. I had never heard the term “Black Wall Street”, nor understood the generational wealth that was destroyed that day. Imagine if the people there had been able to pass their wealth on to their kids for the past 100 years?

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