Tulsa marks 100th anniversary of massacre as US grapples with history of violence

“For decades afterward, the events of that day were downplayed or outright ignored by officials in Oklahoma and elsewhere. The centennial has afforded activists and educators an opportunity to revive the conversation about the massacre and recontextualize it for a post-George Floyd America.

'This year, the event coincides with a cultural and political moment where we are having more and varied conversations and conflicts over the presence, absence, and relevance of structural racism, race-based reparations, the prevalence of state violence against Black communities, and how we teach the ‘under stories’ about American history,' said Noliwe Rooks, a professor at Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center."

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