It’s been 100 years since the Tulsa Massacre, an event that, though considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence the nation has ever experienced, has largely been left out of history books. On the evening of May 31, 1921, a mob of hundreds of white people attacked a thriving Black community in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They burned businesses and homes and murdered roughly 300 Black residents.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday made a stop in Tulsa to commemorate the anniversary of the massacre and laid out policies to narrow the wealth gap between Black and white Americans.
The massacre may have happened more than 1,000 miles away, but it has implications countrywide. Newark historian Junius Williams, who has been at the forefront of the civil and human rights movement as a lawyer, discusses the lasting effects on the Black community of the events in Tulsa.