Remembering George Floyd, 1 Year Ago...And Tulsa, 100 Years Ago
The New York Times featured an impressive animation on their website today - about a long forgotten massacre against the prosperous black communitiy in Tulsa, Oklahoma by a white mob.
"It all began on May 30 with two teenagers in an elevator in the Drexel building in downtown Tulsa and morphed into a sexual assault accusation. Accounts vary about what happened between Dick Rowland, 19, a young Black shoe shiner, and Sarah Page, 17, a white elevator operator. One common theory suggests Mr. Rowland tripped and grabbed onto the arm of Ms. Page while trying to catch his fall. She screamed, and he ran away, according to the commision report. The next day, Mr. Rowland was arrested and jailed in the Tulsa County Courthouse. By that afternoon, The Tulsa Tribune published a front-page news story with the headline “Nab Negro for Attacking Girl in Elevator,” which essentially mobilized a lynch mob that showed up at the courthouse. Twice, a group of armed Black Tulsans, many of them World War I veterans, offered to help protect Mr. Rowland but were turned away by the sheriff. As the Black men were leaving the second time, a white man attempted to disarm a Black veteran, and a gun went off in the scuffle. That clash and others that day marked the beginning of what would become Greenwood’s armed destruction. Some white rioters were even deputized and given weapons by civil officials. Near dawn, the white mob descended on Greenwood. Black Tulsans fought back, valiantly defending their families and property. But they were woefully outnumbered."
The pictures shown here are taken from either Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture or Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, that animation you might follow with the link below.
I´d wish some German media would make the same effort to bring back the Jewish communities of Berlin´s Garment District around Hausvogteipatz, Charlottenburgs or Mitte´s business and intellectual centers.
Out of around 170.000 Jews living in Berlin before the Holocaust, only 6500 survived.