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Viola Fletcher, a 107 years old survivor, "I still see Black men being shot, Black bodies lying in the street. I still smell smoke and see fire," Fletcher testified. "I still see Black businesses being burned. I still hear airplanes flying overhead. I hear the screams. I have lived through the massacre every day” (Chavez, 2021).
Since Memorial Day weekend is approaching, the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, in commemoration of 100 year anniversary for the Tusla Massacre on May 31st, is on the same weekend. It was one of many hidden histories that almost was a successful erasure. However, the Black Lives Matter movement has peeled an onion once again deeply after the years of silence since the Travyon Martin death in 2012. During Summer 2020 after the George Floyd death and other countless deaths, their relentless sparks come to an alive, but more dogged response that leads to a lot of attention regarding racial violence and disparities including a discovery of the truth about one of the most disgusting and shocking histories in the United States of America. Because the massacre has been under an unspeakable rag for too long, not many were taught about one of the important pieces on the other side of the United State of America’s actual history. It must be acknowledged for people of all ages across the nation to learn about one of the most massacres in the United States, the Tusla Massacre.
Generally about the Tusla Massacre, Black Wall Street is one of the instances that almost was attempted to eradicate from the United States of America’s history. It was meant to build a secure place for Black people and developed by Black people for Black people. It was such a lavish lifestyle for them. It successfully was one of the most prosperous Black communities in the United States under a strenuous white supremacy regime during this time. Due to a feeling of a secure place, most likely everyone feels secured living as a black person without a feeling of racial oppression. It was definitely the beacon of hope and dreams. Furthermore, white supremacists initially did not like how successful Black Wall Street was before racial violence escalating. They firmly believed it was stolen from their white capitalism.
It was all started with an allegation of rape against a 19 years old Black man who was falsely reported by a 17 years old white woman who alleged him for rape at an elevator in a hotel (during this period if a white woman vaguely accuses a Black man for a sexual assault, lyniching mostly likely would be a chocie). When white supremacists discovered about the allegation, they aggeseviely responded with racial violence and rampaged Black Wall Street with combative and army-grade bombs and violent arsons in homes, businesses, and even schools. Emphatically, Black people were civilians on the Untied States of America’s soil. Consequently, the city of Tulsa in Oklahoma realized a shamfeul history of the Tusla Massacre that must be the erasure of hideous and vile actions of white supremacists that were done extremely to Black people's humanity.
Although white supremacists might evade facing prosecution in the past, their acts shall be a forever legacy of shame because now more people become aware of the massacre. To continue the truth from century to century, people of all ages must acknowledge the massacre. Learning about the massacre requires emotional readiness. Many editorial images of the massacre demonstrate unsettling and heart-wrenching. It was explicit warfare.
For more information about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
Source: Chavez, N. (2021). Tulsa massacre survivor at 107 years old testifies that the horror of that day never goes away. CNN (Note: The APA format might not correct due to the limited of my reading ability with a small size font from a physical book.)
Hope you have a great long weekend!
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