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The Tulsa Race Massacre: 99 Years Later - Reggie Turner

June 19, 2020 Linda Lorelle
Our Voices Matter Podcast
The Tulsa Race Massacre: 99 Years Later - Reggie Turner
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Our Voices Matter Podcast
The Tulsa Race Massacre: 99 Years Later - Reggie Turner
Jun 19, 2020
Linda Lorelle

For White Americans seeking to understand the depth of Black America’s pain and anger, the Tulsa Race Massacre is a good place to start. My guest today, Reggie Turner, produced and directed a documentary with first person accounts from survivors. They lived to tell the story of a thriving community that was a bastion of Black economic independence and wealth — until it was burned to the ground by a mob of angry White people.

Rather than releasing this episode on our regular Wednesday schedule, it seems fitting to post today, June 19, 2020, in honor of Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom from the Confederacy, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The fact that President Trump had planned a political rally in Tulsa on that day, given the city’s history, felt like a slap in the face to many in the Black community. He has since moved the rally to the following day.

It’s been almost a century since Black Wall Street was burned to the ground, but the wounds are still fresh. How long does it take to heal a wound? Doctors would say it depends on how large or deep the cut is.

This one runs deep.

Show Notes

For White Americans seeking to understand the depth of Black America’s pain and anger, the Tulsa Race Massacre is a good place to start. My guest today, Reggie Turner, produced and directed a documentary with first person accounts from survivors. They lived to tell the story of a thriving community that was a bastion of Black economic independence and wealth — until it was burned to the ground by a mob of angry White people.

Rather than releasing this episode on our regular Wednesday schedule, it seems fitting to post today, June 19, 2020, in honor of Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom from the Confederacy, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The fact that President Trump had planned a political rally in Tulsa on that day, given the city’s history, felt like a slap in the face to many in the Black community. He has since moved the rally to the following day.

It’s been almost a century since Black Wall Street was burned to the ground, but the wounds are still fresh. How long does it take to heal a wound? Doctors would say it depends on how large or deep the cut is.

This one runs deep.

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