Greenwood Race Massacre: 100 Years Is Short


Posted May 27, 2021 by stilsonlewis

Human Rights must be taught broadly. But first, perhaps we, as a race, had really better look at ourselves and see that the human race is one race. We are interdependent.

 
Who is human? Doesn't it seem that we of this human race should be able to recognize one another? How blind we are. I started to say "short sighted", but it seemed too mild. oday is the anniversary of the destruction of a thriving middle class community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Just because these middle class, and even more affluent, were black folk. One hundred years ago today there was a massacre of a community, the Greenwood section of Tulsa. It is impossible to tell this story without some horror toward my fellow man. I will simply give some numbers that were reported by the Red Cross in estimating the damage: 1,256 houses were burned; 215 were looted but not burned, with the white looters carrying off silver, furs, art, and other portable fruits of financial creation. Among the facilities and businesses that were torched: two newspapers, churches, a school, a library, a hospital, hotels, and other black owned businesses. That is just property damage, just a glimpse, a symbol, of the destruction of the hearts and souls, the striving to survive!

Human Rights must be taught broadly. But first, perhaps we, as a race, had really better look at ourselves and see that the human race is one race. We are interdependent. The Youth for Human Rights statement of the first Right of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, says, "We are all born free.We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way." The philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard says, "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream." www.youthforhumanrights.org
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Issued By Martha Stilson
Country United States
Categories Business , Government , Politics
Tags Greenwood , riots , black middle class , hate and fear , Tulsa Oklahoma
Last Updated May 27, 2021