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The full-page announcement of a special edition of USA Today’s Black History presents a technicolor view of modern Tulsa, with bright images of brightly painted public parks and murals celebrating the black community under the title of the flag: “Tulsa Triumphs”.
“Tulsa is leading America’s journey toward racial healing,” the text says, inviting visitors from across the U.S. to sample the delights of Oklahoma’s second-largest city. The incentives include “an emotional opportunity for learning and reflection” and a “space for reconciliation … Tulsa triumphs, and you can be a part of this pilgrimage.”
The announcement is a blatant attempt to turn Tulsa’s sad distinction as the setting for one of the most grotesque mass lynchings in U.S. history into a tourist attraction. It is the work of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, a body of prominent state and city politicians and other local notables who have crafted the city’s established version of the centenary of a very special day.
That day, May 31, 1921, white Tulsans ran wild, shooting at any black in sight, dropping incendiary devices in their homes and burning to the ground one of the country’s most flourishing black business districts, known as “Black.” Wall Street ”. About 35 blocks of black real estate in the Greenwood neighborhood were destroyed.
At least 300 men, women and children were killed. For more than 24 hours, Tulsa witnessed what is believed to be the worst event of white supremacist violence against African Americans in the country’s history.
From the terror of May 31, 1921 to the “triumph” of May 31, 2021, it is a powerful attraction for visitors. The only problem with this depiction of Tulsa rising from the ashes is that, from the perspective of black survivors and many of the descendants of the massacre, it has no influence on reality.
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Before Joe BidenThe trip to Tulsa, his administration, also explained how its American work plan will directly benefit communities of color.
The president’s proposal includes a $ 10 billion community revitalization fund that will help fund community-led infrastructure projects and a $ 15 billion grant program to strengthen transportation infrastructure.
Biden has also called for the creation of a tax credit for neighborhood homes to support the development of affordable housing and a $ 5 billion grant program to expand housing options for low-income Americans or moderate.
Finally, the president has indicated that he would like to invest $ 31 billion to expand efforts to support small minority-owned businesses.
However, it is unclear whether any of these initiatives will reach the final version of the infrastructure bill. Senate Republicans they have proposed a $ 257 billion bill, far less than the $ 1.7 trillion infrastructure package Biden is pushing for, and proposals like the previous ones may end up being outlawed.
The White House has just confirmed that Biden will meet with the Republican senator Shelley Moore Understood to comment on your team’s latest offer. This meeting will likely provide information on the size and scope of the final invoice.
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Biden will visit Tulsa to commemorate the anniversary of the race massacre
Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.
Joe Biden will travel today to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city’s racial massacre, which targeted wealthy African Americans and their businesses.
Ahead of the president’s trip, the White House announced this morning a series of new initiatives aimed at bridging the country’s racial gap.
The administration pledged to take steps to combat discrimination in racial housing and use its purchasing power to target an additional $ 100 billion to disadvantaged small business owners.
Viola Fletcher, the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race massacre, testifies in front of the house on May 19. Photography: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images
The trip and the administration’s announcement come two weeks after three survivors of the massacre: Viola Fletcher, Hughes Van Ellis i Lessie Evelyn Benningfield Randle – declared in Congress on the need to compensate the survivors of the massacre and their descendants.
“I am here seeking justice,” Fletcher told the House subcommittee hearing. “Here I ask my country to recognize what happened in Tulsa in 1921.”
The blog will have more details about the upcoming trip, so stay tuned.