Tulsa’s Racial History

Particularly relevant given President Trump’s rally in TOklahoma today.

The city where President Trump will hold his first political rally in months sits on the banks of the muddy Arkansas River on land where the Cherokee, Creek and Osage nations once reigned. Tulsa has a fraught racial history that begins with the Trail of Tears in the 19th century and ends with the city’s plan to dig for possible mass graves from a 1921 race massacre. Trump’s appearance on the day after Juneteenth — when black America celebrates the end of slavery — is a reminder of that pain.

Brown, DeNeen L. (2020, June 20). Tulsa’s ugly racial history: From Trail of Tears to deadly 1921 race massacre. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/20/tulsa-timeline-race-massacre-trump-rally-juneteenth/

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