For two days , May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of White residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As many as 300 African Americans lost their lives and more than 9,000 were left homeless when the small town was attacked, looted and literally burned to the ground. Greenwood, was a very prosperous area which was affectionately known as “Black Wall Street.”
A new state law HB1773 will soon bar educators from requiring courses or teaching concepts that cause any individual to “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress” due to their race or gender. While similar measures have been debated or passed in other Republican-dominated states, Oklahoma’s take on “critical race theory” is adding fresh tension to Tulsa’s plans to mark the massacre’s upcoming centennial.