On this day in 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began.
In the middle of the night, the Tulsa police formally requested that the National Guard assist them in quelling what they called a “Negro uprising.” As they awaited the National Guard, they let Greenwood burn.
Thirty-five blocks of Greenwood were razed that night. 1,256 homes and 191 businesses were destroyed. 10,000 black people were left homeless.
I’d like to think we’ve come a long way in 99 years, but recent evidence suggests largely otherwise. And I don’t just mean George Floyd. Amy Cooper was the same day (May 25). And yesterday, we have this: