In the wake of everything that is going on in the country and the media calling the shooting in Las Vegas the "largest mass killing" in the history of the United States, I thought I'd slide through with a little bit of education for the masses. Yes, this may be the largest mass "shooting" but absolutely NOT the largest mass killing the United States has ever seen. That title goes to the Tulsa Massacre.
The affluent Black section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Black Wall Street, was wiped off the face of the earth due to an incident that occurred in an elevator on the morning of May 30, 1921. Historians recorded the events as follows:
"On the morning of May 30, 1921, a young black man named Dick Rowland was riding in the elevator in the Drexel Building at Third and Main with a woman named Sarah Page. The details of what followed vary from person to person, and accounts of an incident circulated among the city’s white community during the day and became more exaggerated with each telling."
"Tulsa police arrested Rowland the following day and began an investigation. An inflammatory report in the May 31 edition of the Tulsa Tribune spurred a confrontation between black and white armed mobs around the courthouse where the sheriff and his men had barricaded the top floor to protect Rowland. Shots were fired and the outnumbered blacks began retreating to the Greenwood Avenue business district."
"In the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, Black Tulsa was looted and burned by white rioters. Governor Robertson declared martial law, and National Guard troops arrived in Tulsa. Guardsmen assisted firemen in putting out fires, took imprisoned blacks out of the hands of vigilantes and imprisoned all black Tulsans not already interned.
Over 6,000 people were held at the Convention Hall and the Fairgrounds, some for as long as eight days.Twenty-four hours after the violence erupted, it ceased. In the wake of the violence, 35 city blocks lay in charred ruins, over 800 people were treated for injuries and contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. In 2001, the Tulsa Race Riot Commission released a report indicating that historians now believe close to 300 people died in the riot."
Some of the children who lived in Tulsa in 1921 are still alive and telling their story. This was not simply a race war, it was an extermination, and it should NEVER be forgotten.
If you have time, watch this video that is a little more in-depth.