In Tulsa, OK, the NAACP has cancelled all of their celebratory events for Juneteenth this year due to COVID-19 concerns. Meanwhile, the T rump is, now, going to bring his COVID spreading acolytes in mass to Tulsa that day.
So that seems wrong. But there’s something else. Juneteenth is an important holiday for many black Americans. It represents how it took a year for the freedom of the slaves to be announced in Texas, after slavery had been officially ended. The news got to Texas slaves on June 19th of the following year.
With the importance of Juneteenth in Black history, and it’s importance in the light of race being a national and raw focus these days, we should also be aware of an incident in Tulsa’s history.
"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. 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 African Americans began retreating to the Greenwood District.
In the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, Greenwood 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 African Americans 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. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died." https://www.tulsahistory.org/exhibit/1921-tulsa-race-massacre/#flexible-content
So “white rioters looted and destroyed an area in Tulsa called the Greenwood District, known for its affluent black community.”
“99 years ago a white mob massacred hundreds of Black people in the Greenwood District of Tulsa. The most racist President of my lifetime knows exactly what message he’s sending when he goes there on Juneteenth,” tweeted Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/slap-in-the-face-to-black-people-trump-faces-backlash-over-rally-on-juneteenth/ar-BB15lVLC?ocid=spartanntp
Rick Wilson tweeted about the rally, “This. Cannot. Be. Real.” Rick Tyler, a former aide to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and an MSNBC political analyst, tweeted, “You can’t make this stuff up.” S.E. Cupp said, “Two safe assumptions here: 1. Trump likely has no clue what the significance of Juneteenth and Tulsa are. 2. But Stephen Miller does.”
It seems to me that either our DOTUS is being lead by the nose by the likes of White Supremacist Profas like Stephen Miller, or he is a coy Profa and Prora himself.