The massacre of Tulsa's "Black Wall Street"


White mobs destroyed “Black Wall Street” in 1921. But where are the victims’ bodies?

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Nearly 100 years ago, a white mob destroyed an American neighborhood called “Black Wall Street,” murdering an estimated 300 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That incident — known as the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — has been largely left out of US history books. Today, a century later, the city still has a lot of questions. For one, where are the bodies of the victims? As the city’s mayor re-opens the search for mass graves, we take a look at what happened back in 1921…and why finding these graves still matters to the people of Tulsa.

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46 thoughts on “The massacre of Tulsa's "Black Wall Street"

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  2. If anyone is really interested in learning about the true babarity of racial massacres and spectacle lynchings in this country PLEASE read "At the Hands of Persons unknown" by Phillip Drey

  3. "Injustice + time doesn't equal injustice"
    Unless you're white. You don't hear white people moaning about their ancestors being conquered and massacred time and time again by all sorts of different cultures

  4. Im 13 and glad I'm learning about This at an early age. I'm trying to learn all I can so I'm no longer as ignorant as I have been on the struggles people of color have had and are still going through.

  5. White people have put so much hate in my heart, and I know I’m not the only one. With the things they have done and are still doing you can’t help but to grow an intense hate for them. Let’s hope one day this hate doesn’t explode and we get payback pretty soon

  6. People need to be more educated on the history of minorities – it’s all parts of history that make up the past of one nation. It should be treated as such.

  7. “Lets force these people from their home and enslave them, only to later free them but give them no rights.”

  8. THE PEARSON BOOK COMPANY, the textbooks your kids are reading for US history, are made in the UNITED KINGDOM!!!! Of course they won't put these shameless events in there because they wanna paint the usa as a loving country

  9. Some of the most infamous horror stories of massacres and political uprising and others ars usually kept secret from the books so future generations don't have a "bad rep"
    from history.

  10. Shamefully I admit that until last week I had never heard of Black Wall St. That makes me angry. While this is only the first video I've watched on the subject, I intend to start educating myself on this horrific event but also figure out what else I don't know?

  11. I disagree with black history month. This information is far more valuable to me as person than knowing the date the Constitution was written. Black history is history. There could be a while 4 year degree course in the atrocities of white America!

  12. white people choose to see our rebellion and not our pain. we have peaceful protests and all of a sudden we're threats and NEED to be gunned down

  13. This was more politically and financially motivated . “Black”!wall street residents were all Republicans. The klan were all Democrats. There were over 30 restaurants and 4 theaters, drs dentists . They were booming. And they spent their money in their city. That’s what caused it. Say it. Say they were Republicans.

  14. Resurrect Greenwoods wall streets all over America again!
    Make Black wall streets great again?
    This massacre was orchestrated by the United States government using their goons the clan because they're afraid the Wall Street results and Sovereign Nations being. We don't want our Sovereign Nation we just want our success will pay to Caesar what is Caesars just leave us alone.
    Racism is to oppress us economically. They say we're shiftless but when we shift up they strike us down.

  15. on greenwood/black wall street and surrounding areas have little plates on the ground show the name of the store, what it was, and who owned it before the business was burned down in the race massacre.

  16. So because of this blm riots harming innocent people and burning down south Minneapolis while they pretend to be noble. 🤦‍♂️

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