Biden To Meet With Survivors Of Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.
This morning, president Biden proclaiming a day of remembrance, marking the centennial of the Tulsa race massacre. His visit to Tulsa caps a long weekend full of events, speakers, and vigils.
Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921: What happened that day?
It was commemorating 100 years of the darkest moments in American history. In early 1900, the Tulsa African-American district of greenwood was known as black wall street, with its own luxury shops, restaurants, and movie theaters. Until the evening of May 31st, 1921, when a white mob descended on greenwood, shooting black people indiscriminately.
At the same time, burning thousands of homes and businesses along with churches and schools. When the massacre ended 48 hours later, on June 1st, 1921, according to witnesses, hundreds of survivors were rounded up at gunpoint. Therefore, forced to march to camps where they were held for weeks.
Survivors recounted seeing bodies dumped into the Arkansas River and into mass graves. Those ancestors are still crying out from this very soil, this sacred land, saying, “Never forget. Remember me.”
Last month, two of the last living survivors testified before congress to push for reparations and demand justice. Mr. Hughes van Ellis, aged 100, and his sister, ms. Viola fletcher, which is 107 years old. She was only 7 on the night of that deadly coordinated attack.
Viola Fletcher said, “I will never forget the violence. I still see black men being shot. I still smell smoke and see fire. I hear the screams. I have lived through the massacre every day. Our country may forget this history, but I cannot.”
Later today, President Biden will meet with the three known living survivors, all between 100 and 107 years old. It’ll be his chance to hear their stories directly and coincide with the visit. The white house is announcing new measures aimed at helping financially struggling communities of color and closing the racial wealth gap.
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