The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and its enduring financial fallout

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 05:30 in Earth & Climate

People have already lined up outside the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Center in Tulsa, Okla., where President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally on Saturday. The arena holds nearly 20,000 people and a nearby convention center has been reserved for overflow. Also nearby: the Greenwood District, where in 1921 a white mob numbering in the thousands destroyed an affluent Black community known as Black Wall Street. Trump’s rally comes at the moment a sudden civil rights movement has surged across the U.S. following the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Amid a national swirl of racial reckoning — and the coronavirus pandemic — the rally is a go in a city still grappling with its past. Trump moved the day of the rally from Friday to Saturday after he learned about Juneteenth, a yearly commemoration held on June 19 to observe and celebrate the end of slavery in...

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