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Commemorating The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

The popular TV series opened eyes about basic American history

Prior to the fall 2019 premiere of HBO’s Watchmen, far too few people had heard of the Tulsa Race Massacre, as it is now known. And a show, even one starring Academy-awarding actress Regina King and based off a cult comic series of the same name, yet far removed from the horrific event, was not the likely vehicle to hear about it either. But the elements of the 12-issue comic book limited series, written and illustrated by Brit duo Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics in 1986, lent itself to this Tulsa narrative.

“This is one…


Commemorating The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Reflecting on an American tragedy 100 years after it happened.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is believed to be one of the most violent racial events in American history. Over the course of several days, Greenwood, a prosperous Black community in Tulsa known as “Black Wall Street,” was burned to the ground by white vigilantes. Black and White people were killed during the riots.

The Greenwood community rose to prominence because of Black entrepreneurship. O.W. Gurley bought 40 acres of land in 1908. He separated them into plots, vowing to sell them to “negroes only.” By 1921, the community had blossomed with well-educated and successful Black families…


Catch up on the race and racism stories you may have missed

We start this week’s racial news roundup with lessons of the past, as we edge closer to the May 31 centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Some of the massacre’s oldest survivors have just told a House subcommittee about all that was lost beyond lives and property — chances for education, generational wealth, and the sense that American justice could work in their favor. …


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Everything you need to know about this week in race and racism

As spring keeps springing, Covid-19 vaccines become more available and pandemic restrictions ease, you probably have other things to do instead of comb the internets for the latest stories on race and racism. But you still want to stay woke. Well, lucky you — we’ve rounded up some of the important stories you won’t want to miss. Read about the fight to preserve Black Wall Street’s place in history, hot chicken as a case study in appropriation, and more.

Cementing Greenwood’s legacy

This year marks the centennial of the racist destruction and massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood district. But the remainders of the…

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