Fred, you are the epitome of folks today, waiting on someone to do it for you… Do you ever research anything? Do you ever read anything, or do you just look at the pictures? I’ll do some of the heavy lifting for you…pitiful.
The term “Tulsa Race Riot” is, in many ways, a misnomer, as the destruction of an entire neighborhood is much more than just a riot — it was a systematic eradication of the wealthiest black community in the United States at the time.
When the smoke cleared, Black Wall Street was in ruin:
35 blocks of businesses, homes, hospitals and more were no longer standing
More than 10,000 black Oklahomans found themselves homeless
Official numbers cite 39 people died, but some estimates suggest as many as 300 blacks died; and 800 were treated for injuries
More than 6,000 black Oklahomans were detained and held at three Tulsa facilities for as long as a week
Along with the destruction done by mobs on the ground, Greenwood was also attacked by air.
According to Tim Madigan’s “The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921,” six airplanes leftover from World War I left an airfield near Tulsa and made their way toward Greenwood. They were dispatched to “protect against a Negro uprising.”
According Madigan’s book, eyewitnesses reported those planes dropped incendiary bombs on Black Wall Street and also shot at blacks on the street.
Even some white families were attacked by the angry mobs because they employed blacks in their homes. Like many other blacks that day, most of those employees were turned over to authorities and detained in the multiple detention centers around the city.
And this was all enabled by the Tulsa police chief at the time, who allowed the seizure of local gun stores in order to arm the large number of angry white men he deputized.
A federal judge was forced to dismiss it in 2004 because of the state’s statute of limitations — Oklahoma law required the lawsuit to be filed within two years of the event. A number of black