May 31 marks 100 years since the atrocity known as the Tulsa Race Massacre occurred in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to History.com:
At the turn of the 20th century, African Americans founded and developed the Greenwood district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Built on what had formerly been Indian Territory, the community grew and flourished as a Black economic and cultural mecca—until May 31, 1921.
That’s when a white mob began a rampage through some 35 square blocks, decimating the community known proudly as “Black Wall Street.” Armed rioters, many deputized by local police, looted and burned down businesses, homes, schools, churches, a hospital, hotel, public library, newspaper offices and more. While the official death toll of the Tulsa race massacre was 36, historians estimate it may have been as high as 300. As many as 10,000 people were left homeless.
The incident stands as one most horrific acts of racial violence, and domestic terrorism, ever committed on American soil.
The National Black Power Convention was held this weekend in Tulsa to mark this sad chapter in history. According to local media outlet KTUL, the theme of this year’s convention is “Reparations Now!”
The group held a Second Amendment March for Reparations on Saturday. Hundreds of armed black activists marched though the Greenwood neighborhood shouting “Black Power.”
The organizers of the event issued a news release which read: “The struggle for Reparations must be escalated. We must fight on every front to achieve redress and Reparations for the atrocities committed upon Tulsa Massacre descendants; and we must intensify the fight to achieve Reparations for all 40-million Blacks still grossly affected by racism, inequality, wealth disparity, police brutality and the like. Tulsa will mark a new beginning in the upgraded fight for Reparations for Black people.”
Nick Bezzel, one of the event organizers, said, “We have to take a much stronger approach toward Reparations. We are tired of begging. Our ancestors deserve nothing less than our strongest efforts.”
In the second video below, a speaker tells the crowd, “Because that time will come when there’s a rat-a-tat-tat … black Americans will kill everything white in sight.”
(Please scroll down to view videos of the event.)
Slavery was a horrendous institution and the events that took place 100 years ago in Tulsa were heinous. No one is denying that.
Throughout history, untold atrocities have occurred and countless groups from all races have been wrongly and unfairly persecuted. Many people alive today have been touched by mindless violence and brutality. The Jews, perhaps most of all. But I don’t hear them demanding reparations from Germany for the Holocaust.
In February, members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, met to consider H.R. 40, a bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
The purpose of this legislation, according to Lee, is to establish a commission “to study and develop reparations proposals” for African-Americans.
“This commission will probe into the facts of the long-standing impact, the disparities that slavery brought about in this country. We still experience them today,” Jackson Lee told her colleagues. “The government sanctioned slavery and that is why we need a reckoning, a healing, reparative justice. We need to bring our nation together.”
The commission will also determine “if a national apology for slavery is in order.”
Radio host and conservative commentator Larry Elder and former NFL great Herschel Walker, both of whom oppose reparations, appeared as witnesses for the Republicans. Both made strong arguments against them. (Video below)
Walker told the committee, “America is the greatest country in the world for me, a melting pot of a lot of great races, a lot of great minds that have come together with different ideas to make Americans the greatest country on Earth. Many have died trying to get into America. No one is dying trying to get out.”
“Reparations, where does the money come from?” he asked. “Does it come from all the other races except the black taxpayers? Who is black? What percentage of black must you be to receive reparations? Do you go to 23 and Me or a DNA test to determine the percentage of blackness? Some American ancestors just came to this country 80 years ago, their ancestors wasn’t even here during slavery. Some black immigrants weren’t here during slavery, nor their ancestors. Some states didn’t even have slavery.”
“I asked my mom, who’s in her mid-80s, her thoughts on the issue prior to the hearing,” Walker said. “Her words: I do not believe in reparations. Who is the money gonna go to? Has anyone thought about paying the families who lost someone in the Civil War, who fought for their freedom? … If you give a man a fish, you feed him a day. You teach him to fish, you feed him a lifetime.”
The Black Panthers need to open their eyes and see that America has evolved over the last century. Frankly, I can’t think of another country in the world where blacks are presented with more opportunities for success. If they can, they ought to move there.
The greatest barrier to their success is their insistence that they are oppressed. Democrats have perpetuated this decades-old myth to keep blacks dependent upon them for their every need. In return for their “largesse” toward blacks, Democrats can count on their support at the ballot box.
Through their actions and words, Democrats have instilled in blacks the notion that they are helpless, and that the odds are stacked against them. Like all of the Democrat’s lies, it’s been repeated so often, many blacks firmly believe that no matter how hard they work, the system is rigged against them, and they will never get ahead.
It is this deeply ingrained belief that stands at the center of the racial divide in America today.
If a parent or a mentor tells a child, continually, that even if they persevere, it will make little difference, the child will have very little incentive to do so. And if that parent or mentor takes it further and says, “But don’t worry. I’ll always make sure you have everything you need,” what little motivation the child may have had will evaporate.
I posted about this in March after watching a powerful discussion between Fox News’ Mark Levin and Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at The Hoover Institution, who is black. Steele’s interview can be viewed here: Michelle Obama Gets it Terribly Wrong in Her Commencement Address and Exposes the Root of the Racial Divide.
Rather than dwelling on the atrocities of the past which keeps them stuck in permanent victimhood, blacks ought to remove their blinders so they might see the opportunities that are there for the taking.
— pine_tree_riots (@pine_tree_riots) May 30, 2021
NOW – Black rights activists stage an armed march in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shouting "Black Power" pic.twitter.com/DzF6pkowbh
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) May 29, 2021
Dozens of armed Black activists from the New Black Panther Party and other groups march through Greenwood in formation. “It’s a new day, Black Tulsa! they yelled. Passersby honked, clapped, thanked them for being “our protection.” #Tulsa pic.twitter.com/3KX1pXhUk0
— Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam) May 29, 2021
KTUL reported that the following groups are leading the effort:
- The Huey P Newton Gun Club (HPNGC)
- The Elmer Geronimo Pratt Gun Club (EGPGC)
- The New Black Panther Party for Self- Defense (NBPP)
- The Fred Hampton Gun Club (FHGC)
- The New Black Liberation Militia (NBLM)
- The Panther Special Operations Command (PANSOC)
- Multiple other groups and private gun owners