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Journal of Richard Groves Winston-Salem
“History is written by the victors and framed according to the prejudices and prejudices existing on their side.” – Senator George Graham Vest (D-Mo.), 1891
“They were killing black people and chasing them out of town,” Vanessa Hall-Harper said, citing her grandmother.
“I didn’t even know about the massacre until I grew up,” Hall-Harper said. “And I was brought up here.”
Vanessa Hall-Harper is a member of Tulsa City Council. Its neighborhood includes Greenwood, called Black Wall Street by many, but called Little Africa by White Tulsans in 1921 when an area of 40 square blocks was set on fire by rampaging whites. More than 1,200 homes and businesses were destroyed. Between 100 and 300 black citizens were killed.
Yet City Councilor Hall-Harper says she’s never heard of it, not even at school. Other Tulsans, white and black, say the same thing.
How could someone not know that their hometown was the site of one of the worst incidents of racial violence in US history?
Can an atrocity simply be removed from our nation’s history? Yes he can. It happened in Tulsa.
A story in the Tulsa Tribune about an alleged attack on a white woman by a black man sparked the two-day wave of violence. The newspaper subsequently removed the front page article from its bound volumes. Researchers found that police and state militia documents about the riot were also missing. The Tulsa race riot was rarely mentioned in history books or taught in schools.