Recalling the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Calling for Reparations

May 21, 2021
1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

A recent article in the Harvard Gazette highlights the Carr Center's webinar on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, featuring a panel of experts including Keisha Blain, Karlos Hill, Regina Goodwin, Dreisen Heath, and Sushma Raman.

"The upcoming centennial of the Tulsa race massacre brings a grim reminder of America’s troubled history with African Americans with a particular resonance, given the current national reckoning sparked by the unjust police killing of George Floyd and other people of color.

"On May 31, 1921, armed white mobs began a deadly assault on Tulsa’s affluent Greenwood district, popularly known as the Black Wall Street. It was sparked by an accusation that a young Black man named Dick Rowland had threatened or possibly assaulted a white woman on an elevator. Charges against Rowland would eventually be dropped. But the rumor was enough that rioting whites descended on the Black district, killing as many as 300 African Americans, injuring hundreds, leaving thousands homeless, and burning hundreds of businesses, homes, churches, schools, and other buildings to the ground," writes Brett Milano, Harvard Correspondent, in the Harvard Gazette.

Read the article.