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When HBO’s 2019 Watchmen television series opened with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and 2020 Lovecraft Country series closed with scenes from the riots, most Americans – black and white- had never heard of the event- even some Tulsa natives.
On May 19, 107-year-old survivor, Viola “Mother” Fletcher read her emotional written testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee about her massacre experience to help push a bill for reparations. Mother Fletcher was accompanied by two more survivors – her 100-year-old brother, Hughes Vann Ellis, and 106-year-old survivor, Lessie Benningfield Randle.
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“Today, I am in Washington, D.C. for the first time in my life. I am here seeking justice. I am here asking my country to acknowledge what happened in Tulsa in 1921.”
The struggle for Black Tulsan survivors and their descendants to receive reparations has been a century-old controversy, one that is a pox on this country’s unwillingness to redress the human rights violation and the generational loss of accumulated wealth.
The Greenwood section of Tulsa was known as Black Wall Street. It was built on Booker T. Washington’s philosophy of self-reliance, economic empowerment, and […]