Doug Orleans (dougo) wrote,
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Tulsa Race Massacre centennial

100 years ago, a white mob burned down 35 blocks of a wealthy Black neighborhood in Tulsa, OK and murdered dozens or hundreds of Black citizens. I was never taught about the Tulsa Race Massacre in school, and in fact I never heard of it until 2019 when it was portrayed in the Watchmen show on HBO. It was also portrayed in last year's Lovecraft Country (also on HBO) and it's heavily alluded to in the recent Amazon Prime series The Underground Railroad. I highly recommend all three shows, with their nuanced depiction of atrocity and resilience.

Amazingly, there are three survivors who are still alive today! Viola Fletcher, Lessie Benningfield Randle, and Hughes Van Ellis: inspiring centenarians.

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