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Greenwood, 1921: One of the worst race massacres in American history

By Editors' Choice

By Scott Pelley— The death of George Floyd, in the hands of Minneapolis police, came on Memorial Day. Ninety-nine years before, that same week, black Americans suffered a massacre. In the days after World War I, a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Greenwood was among the wealthiest black communities. Oil made Greenwood rich, but jealousy made it suffer. In 1921, a white mob, with incendiary rage, burned Greenwood to ash. Even memories…

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Scientists and Historians Uncover Further Details of Racist 1921 Tulsa Massacre

By Reparations

By: Abayomi Azikiwe— Tulsa was the scene of a violent attack on a thriving African American community nearly a century ago During World War I (1914-1918) and the immediately following years (1919-1921), racial tensions escalated inside the United States resulting in numerous efforts by white racists to contain and in many cases remove the presence of African Americans. One of the most violent disturbances occurred in late May and early…

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