21 Jun 2021

100 years on: America’s reckoning with its past in Tulsa

100 years ago, Tulsa saw a prosperous Black neighbourhood burned to the ground. In the aftermath, there was silence.

The United States has made the 19th of June – known as “Juneteenth” – a national holiday. The day commemorates the emancipation of slaves.

It marks a shift in American society; of the nation recognising past injustices. And it comes shortly after Joe Biden became the first US President to mark the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

100 years ago, the city in Oklahoma saw a prosperous Black neighbourhood burned to the ground and innocent citizens killed. There were no arrests, no justice.

There was just silence.

Sources: CNN, ITN, AP


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