The Tulsa Race Riots were one of the worst urban racial conflicts in United States history. The riots took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 31st 1921.
Race Riot: a public outbreak of violence between two racial groups in a community.
They started because of an incident that occurred the day before. The riots lasted 2 very brutal days and and sadly, an estimated 27- 250 people were killed and hundreds were injured. 1000+ black owned homes and businesses were destroyed during the riots.
The riots began because of black man named Dick Rowland.
Rowland went into Tulsa's Drexel Building to use the restroom and there was a scream heard from inside the elevator from the elevator operator, Sarah Page and Rowland was accused of attempting to assault her.
There was crowd in front of the courthouse where Rowland was. A white man was trying to disarm a black man and a gunshot went off which created many racial problems.
The 1st of June began a burning and pillaging of black Tulsans. The whites greatly outnumbered the blacks. The police weren't helpful for control during the riots.
pillaging: rob (a place) using violence, especially in wartime.
At one point during the riots, planes flew over the blacks and dropped dynamite.
Most of the violence was ended due to a martial law declared at 11:29 am.
Martial law: military government involving the suspension of an ordinary law.
Almost a decade later, Tulsa, Oklahoma had finally recovered from the physical destruction.
In 2001, the Tulsa Race Riot Commission released a report indicating that historians now believe close to 300 people died in the riot.
The event and To Kill A Mockingbird both have racial discrimination and it was a big problem in Tulsa and Maycomb around 1921. Many people believed that black people should be treated and/or punished differently than white people.
It was a very tragic event that should've never happened. There's a chance the race riots could have never happened if the gunshot hadn't gone off. To this day, it wouldn't be one of the worst urban racial conflicts in the United States history.
Quote 1) "Lula stopped, but she said, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?"
This quote shows how black people wanted nothing to do with white people and white people wanted nothing to do with black people. It also shows how even white children were a disgrace to black adults.
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