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'Black Wall Street' revisited in black history month

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This may be ‘Black History Month’, but not everything related to Black Americans have always been positive. “Black Wall Street” was a proud community that was destroyed by hatred, jealousy and ignorance and over 3000 African Americans lost their lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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According to the San Francisco Bay View newspaper archive, the best description of Black Wall Street, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to compare it to a mini Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans could create a successful infrastructure. There were over 600 successful businesses including 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system.

The community flourished from the early 1900s until June 1, 1921. That’s when the largest massacre of nonmilitary Americans in the history of this country took place, and it was led by the Ku Klux Klan. Imagine walking out of your front door and seeing 1,500 homes being burned.

A lot of white folks had come back from World War I and they were poor. When they looked over into the black communities and realized that black men, who fought in the war, had come-home heroes that helped trigger the destruction.

Today Tulsa, Oklahoma is known as part of the Bible Belt but that wasn’t always the case. This article is not written to release anger, but to inform those who don’t know about the history of some black people who lived and died for freedom and justice for all.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. It’s not just a white/black issue. Anybody can be an enemy and any can be friends. It’s up to the individuals. Slaughter and humane mistreatment has happened before. Could it happen again? Sure. What do you think 'human sex trafficking' is all about? History does tend to repeat itself in movies such as“Roots” & “12 Years a Slave”, yet these films are true occurrences of the past.

A Black Holocaust in America” is dedicated to the thousands of Black men, women and children who were victims of murderous mobs of white civilians, local police and national guardsmen. Killed for no apparent reason except they had built a separate, prosperous, independent community, and dared to dream…

The story of Joseph is in the Bible and it depicts a time when one brother was sold into slavery by his own family members. Our children need to be educated about our black culture and made aware. Lots of times we tend to turn away and want to forget about injustices, nonetheless, they exist. It’s up to parents (not just teachers) to inform their children – not to be afraid, but to be cautious. TRUST is something that has to be earned.

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