President Joe Biden will pay tribute to the victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre who were forgotten.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will attend a commemoration of one of America’s darkest episodes of racial violence, the 100th anniversary of a massacre that wiped out a thriving black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mr Biden’s visit comes amid a national reckoning on racial justice, during which he will lament for the more than 300 black people killed by a white mob a century ago.
It will be a dramatic contrast to the president’s previous visit to Tulsa, which occurred last year.
President Donald Trump chose Tulsa as the venue of his return after pausing his campaign rallies following the outbreak of the pandemic. He chose June 19, the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States, as the date.
This is critical because we must acknowledge what we have done if we are to be otherwise.
Mr Trump postponed the event by a day after receiving widespread criticism, yet the rally was nevertheless marred by demonstrations outside and unfilled seats inside the downtown venue.
Mr. Biden will be the first president to attend the commemorations of the events that occurred on what was formerly known as Black Wall Street.
White inhabitants and civil society leaders robbed and burned down the Greenwood district on May 31 and June 1, 1921, and used planes to drop projectiles on it.
Up to 300 black Tulsans were slain, and survivors were taken into internment camps supervised by National Guard members for a while.
Only charred brickwork and a sliver of a church basement remain of the more than 30-block historically black district today.
Despite its horror, the Tulsa massacre has just lately resurfaced in the national conversation, and the president’s visit will serve to shine a stronger spotlight on it.
“This is critical because we must acknowledge what we have done if we are to be otherwise,” said Eddie Glaude, chair of Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies.
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