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What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921?

February 9, 2011
A child rescuer on June 1, 1921 – with Whites out to kill them, Blacks could rely on no one but each other.
Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering – a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.

The night’s carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 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. As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers.

Black America’s most prosperous community, Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, went up in flames June 1, 1921, in the KKK-led Tulsa Race Riot. According to Wikipedia, “During the 16 hours of the assault, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire caused by bombing.”
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. That’s what Black Wall Street was all about.

The dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now a dollar leaves the Black community in 15 minutes. As for resources, there were Ph.D.s residing in Little Africa, Black attorneys and doctors. One doctor was Dr. Berry, who owned the bus system. His average income was $500 a day, hefty pocket change in 1910.

These are Black-built, Black-owned buildings that were occupied by bustling Black businesses before envious whites rioted and destroyed them.
It was a time when the entire state of Oklahoma had only two airports, yet six Blacks owned their own planes. It was a very fascinating community.

The mainstay of the community was to educate every child. Nepotism was the one word they believed in. And that’s what we need to get back to. The main thoroughfare was Greenwood Avenue, and it was intersected by Archer and Pine Streets. From the first letters in each of those three names you get G.A.P. And that’s where the renowned R&B music group the GAP Band got its name. They’re from Tulsa.

At the end of the day, June 1, 1921, this is what remained of Black Wall Street. Lost forever were over 600 successful businesses, including 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, two movie theaters, a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and a bus system.
Black Wall Street was a prime example of the typical Black community in America that did business, but it was in an unusual location. You see, at the time, Oklahoma was set aside to be a Black and Indian state. There were over 28 Black townships there. One third of the people who traveled in the terrifying “Trail of Tears” alongside the Indians between 1830 and 1842 were Black people. The citizens of this proposed Indian and Black state chose a Black governor, a treasurer from Kansas named McDade. But the Ku Klux Klan said that if he assumed office that they would kill him within 48 hours.

Here, the businesses that had been the economic engine of this most prosperous Black community in the U.S. are identified.
A lot of Blacks owned farmland, and many of them had gone into the oil business.

The community was so tight and wealthy because they traded dollars hand to hand and because they were dependent upon one another as a result of the Jim Crow laws. It was not unusual that if a resident’s home accidentally burned down, it could be rebuilt within a few weeks by neighbors. This was the type of scenario that was going on day to day on Black Wall Street.

When Blacks intermarried into the Indian culture, some of them received their promised “40 acres and a mule” and with that came whatever oil was later found on the properties. On Black Wall Street, a lot of global business was conducted.

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. It must have been amazing.

Survivors we interviewed think that the whole thing was planned, because during the time that all of this was going on, White families with their children stood around the borders of their community and watched the massacre – the looting and everything – much in the same manner they would watch a lynching. The riots weren’t caused by anything Black or White. They were caused by jealousy.

Almost 1,500 homes were also destroyed in the 35 blocks that went up in flames and over 3,000 Black residents murdered by the Ku Klux Klan-led Tulsa Race Riot.
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. It cost the Black community everything, and not a single dime of restitution – no insurance claims – has been awarded the victims to this day. Nonetheless, they rebuilt.

We estimate 1,500 to 3,000 people were killed, and we know that a lot of them were buried in mass graves all around the city. Some were thrown into the river. As a matter of fact, at 21st Street and Yale Avenue, where there now stands a Sears parking lot, that corner used to be a coal mine. They threw a lot of the bodies into the shafts.

‘The gun went off, the riot was on’

[excerpts from a CNN report]

On the night of May 31,1921, mobs called for the lynching of Dick Rowland, a Black man who shined shoes, after hearing reports that on the previous day he had assaulted Sarah Page, a White woman, in the elevator she operated in a downtown building.

So determined were whites in Tulsa to wipe out all evidence of Blacks’ prosperity and achievement despite impossible odds, they used airplanes to firebomb Black Wall Street from the air.
A local newspaper had printed a fabricated story that Rowland tried to rape Page. In an editorial, the same newspaper said a hanging was planned for that night. As groups of both Blacks and Whites converged on the Tulsa Courthouse, a White man in the crowd confronted an armed Black man, a war veteran, who had joined with other Blacks to protect Rowland.

Eddie Faye Gates, a member of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed several years ago to determine exactly what happened, told CNN what happened next.

“This White man,” she said, asked the Black man, “What are you doing with this gun?” “I’m going to use it if I have to,” the Black man said, according to Gates, “and (the White man) said, ‘No, you’re not. Give it to me,’ and he tried to take it. The gun went off, the White man was dead, the riot was on.”

Truckloads of Whites set fires and shot Blacks on sight. When the smoke lifted the next day, more than 1,400 homes and businesses in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, a prosperous area known as the “Black Wall Street,” lay in ruins. Today, only a single block of the original buildings remains standing in the area. Experts now estimate that at least 3,000 died.

‘We’re in a heck of a lot of trouble’

Beulah Smith was 14 years old the night of the riot. A neighbor named Frenchie came pounding on her family’s door in a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Little Africa” that also went up in flames.

As fires set by white rioters raged, claiming all they held dear, Black men who fought back to protect their families, homes and businesses were arrested and killed. There were outnumbered 10 to one. Here, a white man with a shotgun guards the body of a Black man and several prisoners outside Tulsa’s Convention Hall.
“Get your families out of here because they’re killing Niggers uptown,” she remembers Frenchie saying. “We hid in the weeds in the hog pen,” Smith told CNN.

People in a mob that came to Kenny Booker’s house asked, “Nigger, do you have a gun?” he told CNN. Booker, then a teenager, hid with his family in their attic until the home was torched. “When we got downstairs, things were burning. My sister asked me, ‘Kenny, is the world on fire?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but we’re in a heck of a lot of trouble, baby.’”

Another riot survivor, Ruth Avery, who was 7 at the time, gives an account matched by others who told of bombs dropped from small airplanes passing overhead.

The explosive devices may have been dynamite or Molotov cocktails – gasoline-filled bottles set afire and thrown as grenades. “They’d throw it down and when it’d hit, it would burst into flames,” Avery said.

Only a single block remains of the 1,400 homes and businesses that made up the area known as Black Wall Street.

Unmarked graves

Many of the survivors mentioned bodies were stacked like cord wood, says Richard Warner of the Tulsa Historical Society.

Survivors search the ruins of their homes for anything they can salvage. To this day, no insurance claims nor any restitution has been paid.
In its search for the facts, the commission has literally been trying to dig up the truth.

Two headstones at Tulsa’s Oaklawn Cemetery indicate that riot victims are buried there. In an effort to determine how many, archeological experts used ground-piercing radar and other equipment to test the soil in a search for unmarked graves.

The test picked up indications that hundreds of people have been buried in an area just outside the cemetery.

Editor’s note: The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed in 1997 to determine exactly what happened and what should be done now, delivered its final report in 2001, calling for substantial restitution. “In June 2001,” according to Wikipedia, “the Oklahoma state legislature passed the ‘1921 Tulsa Race Riot Reconciliation Act.’ While falling short of the commission’s recommendations, it provided for more than 300 college scholarships for descendants of Greenwood residents, mandated the creation of a memorial to those who died in the riot, and called for new efforts to promote economic development in Greenwood. A documentary, “Before They Die!” has been made about the survivors and their quest for justice. It chronicles efforts in Oklahoma to gain reparations for the survivors. And watch the video “One Day in May!” at www.BeforeTheyDieMovie.com.

This story comes from the Ujamaa Network, which can be reached at mikehouse@ujamaanetwork.biz. They add these words of wisdom: “We must buy from ourselves in order to re-circulate Black dollars. If we want our dollars to return, we must spend them within our own community. 2011 will be our year if we decide it will be. Make a commitment to yourself to do as much of your spending within our community as possible.”

163 thoughts on “What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921?

  1. Selina

    To Sum It all up White-America's fear of compentition that's why the African continent and it's nations are in such turmoil.

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    1. bobby

      For one it's White-American's and everyone Black person should kno dat da white iz tryna keep us down

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    2. Jade

      Not all African nations are in turmoil you ignorant punk! Morocco, south africa and Nigeria are thriving nations to say the least and there are more African nations that are doing well. The United States imports more than 30% of it's oil from Nigeria which means that the gas you put in your car is probably from an African continent. Just because America sends missionaries to specific countries in Africa doesn't mean we're all starving! So get your facts right before you open your ignorant mouth!

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    3. Don Allen Jr.

      What Selina is saying is, "African continents are in turmol", not that all of you are not starving! The few countries that are "Eating", has been brainwashed and put into politcial positions to keep other continents intrest in that area. Without their known involvement. The "Majority" of African countries are starting. Nigeria, South Africa, nd Morocco has been getting "Raped" for years, and continues to this day. Everything produced and manufactured over there is off the "Blood" of its on people. Slavery continues to this DAY over there. That comment was totally inappropiate, and Africans wants to know why we call them disrespectful, and rude. Because they act the part, this comment by Jade, proves just that!

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    4. racheal

      White-America has no fear competition: they just see the rest of the world as less than human and less than them (especially) Black-America and until we take our power back and start to rebuild our communities we shall continue to have to live in fear

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      1. Black Knight

        AMEN! Ain't it the TRUTH Racheal dear. If we continue on FAILING to not pick up the slack and implement the Principles & Behaviors of Our Ancestors from the Black WallStreet of 1921 and even ROSEWOOD before it was devastated by NEFARIOUS whites also, We will FOREVER BE DOOMED to keep repeating this type of Incessant HATE by the dominant white society that one of Our Modern day leaders talks about and has been talking about from 1993-2014. His name is DR. CLAUD ANDERSON…

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    5. Ethiopic Beauty

      Exactly. I strongly believe the whites and blacks are literally separate beings of creation. Blacks being those who are God's intended heirs to the world and whites being spawns of the enemy who continues satan's quest to steal and kill off "Adam's seed."

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      1. Black Knight

        You TOO Ethiopic Beauty!?! As I look back at the PAST (And NOT just Black America or America's Pasts, but BIBLICAL past as well), I see a strikingly SIMILAR state between the ISRAELITES (God's Chosen People) and BLACKS of Today and moreso of Yesterday to where I wonder if Blacks were not the ones who were the REAL/TRUE chosen people of God. Especially since, the Bible was REWRITTEN by King James of England and all of his Cohorts & Cronies and used to manipulate blacks during those 400 to 500 Years of Slavery and the Modern Day Slavery of Today…Hmmm

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      1. Don Allen Jr.

        I have a group on FB called The Real Black Wall Street. I would LOVE for you to join and be apart of our movement. We could learn a lot from you, and I'm sure we'll be able to offer you information as well. I love the way you speak. We are in dire need of voices such as yours.

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        1. Black Knight

          I agree Don. If You and Any Others are interested, I would plead with you to go check out another individual who speaks of these things and who has very Vital Insight & Knowledge of these goings on and he has videos on YOUTUBE as well as a WEBSITE that is very informative. The Man I speak of is DR. CLAUD ANDERSON and you can type his name in the box on youtube and the videos will come up and his websites are: http://harvestinstitute.org AND http://www.theharvestinstitute.org

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      1. Black Knight

        LOL. Yeah, Perhaps he'll play that role BETTER than he did of that SAMBO Stephen in DJANGO UNCHAINED…

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    1. Don Allen Jr.

      Nope! There has been any. I have a Group on FB that teaches of this incident. Its called the. 'The Real Black Wall Street. Everyone is available to join. Come join in.

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      1. Black Knight

        I'm no longer a member of the FB Community, but I'm VERY INTERESTED in your group Don. Is there any other means of which I can be involved or join other than FB?

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    1. Black Knight

      NOPE! And there probably will NEVER BE for the Survivors or Survivors descendants William. Especially as long as we are on THIS SIDE OF GLORY and leavin it up to the descendants of the ones who perpetrated these DEVIOUS, HATEFUL, & DESPICABLE crimes and carrying on in their Demon Ancestors footsteps in other patterns, ways, shapes, forms, & fashions…Smh

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  2. MAX HEEB

    RESTITUTION BY WHO? I WAS NOT BORN THEN. IT WAS OBVIO9USLY A MAJOR TRAGIDY PROBABLY BY THE KKK. THE BLACK CULTURE IS DIFFERENT TODAY APPARENTLY. I DONT THINK THAT THE GOVRENMENT PROGRAMS HAVE HELPED. THE FATHERLESS CHILDREN HAVE INCREASED. POVERTY IS INCREASED IN FATHERLESS HOMES AS IS SCHOOL DROPOUTS. THE 1020 BLACK COMMUNITY STRESSED EDUCATION.

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    1. Ann

      Good for you honey. You're so big about it. Why look to the past for the right way forward? I hear you. You got yours and you're not complaining, while others are lingering in what was. They're losers and seek to blame instead of pull forward, alone and not as a community.

      Those fatherless children and school dropouts might in no way learn from the experiences of the past, so why bring it up, read about it, discuss it, and learn from it., as It is just another crutch design to cripple them now?

      Don't forget that as you pull ahead don't join with other Blacks to possibly create another black based society with a circular dollar that benefits most at least to self-support. You just keep getting yours because that all happened before you were born and doesn't have any real world application now.

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      1. Black Knight

        My my, Lawd Hammercy…Ann darling, Just PRAY & KEEP PRAYIN for Max because he REALLY and TRULY does NOT know what he says and means with that jargon he posted. Smh :-S

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    2. Sdca2004

      I was praying that there wasn't going to be any ignore comments made to this article but ignorance will always surface. Max I don't wish for anything bad to happen to you but if God allows you to experiene anything close to what they went thru or even some of the injustices African Americans continue to deal with today….you just might have a change of heart.

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      1. Black Knight

        Too bad & Ain't it the TRUTH Sdca? Ignorance WILL always surface and especially in places it really is NOT needed. We'll also just PRAY & KEEP PRAYIN for individuals like MAX in hopes that he comes to receive that CHANGE OF HEART along with getting it together and gaining some better UNDERSTANDING & WISDOM for himself to be a Benefit for of course himself, and others like him in regards to where his mindset is currently at…

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    3. @redhen19

      you benefit everyday from this destruction. The money and the businesses still exist in the white community while those in the black community were never allowed to rebuild and are forced to spend their money to white businesses. this was destruction of wealth. what happened in the past prevented wealth from being passed on to future generations. These attacks occurred throughout America and contributes to the poverty that exists today. . The law says when you harm someone you must provide restitution. there are no fatherless children only unmarried parents.

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  3. Dana

    Ignorance comes cloaked in self-righteousness which was the mindset of many of those who burned this community in 1921. Whether we agree we are culpable or not–whether we blame the "other" or not, it matters very little. The wheel is turning inexorably toward a world in which whites are the minority and we in the racial majority will have less and less inherited power to lie back on and posture from. It compels a vision and behaviors that are larger than this complacent finger-pointing.

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    1. tcurry

      u had me up to the last point>finger pointing> dont everyone point back to ther ancestory.. who know were we would b if we had of>>>kept our town, kept our music, kept our people and thier prophets,,,maybe a seperate intety not trying to be white , or, native, or african comfortable blaack people even in our own skin get back at me.

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      1. Black Knight

        I'm in agreeance with you tcurry. I have NOT the slightest idea where Dana came up with that last part. You see Sweetheart, You simply can NOT solve a problem unless you look to its SOURCE or ROOT. This is specifically speaking to the plight of what Blacks are still facing today. What you see in the Black Community (POVERTY, SINGLE PARENT HOMES, ABSENT FATHER FIGURE, NO FAMILY STRUCTURE, HIGH STD RATES, ETC.) are only mere SYMPTOMS of what is the REAL/SOLE problem. To fix these Symptoms, Blacks need to identify the SOURCE OR ROOT and that is the only way to Irradicate it for good. Now this Source or Root is Blacks have been locked into the confines of a REAL LIFE MONOPOLY GAME with no means of being able to win it as things now stand. To discover how they can win, I invite ONE & ALL to go to this website for the answer: http://www.theharvestinstitute.org OR go to YOUTUBE and type in DR. CLAUD ANDERSON and all can & shall be revealed to you…

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  4. Werwolf

    This is terribly researched. The author is an idiot. Do your research, get the facts right. You want to honor the dead? Honor them by trying out some basic scholarship. This newspaper is a total disgrace.

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    1. JustSaying

      We await your more scholarly article. In the meantime, the paper you describe as a "total disgrace" has printed information that anyone can now do additional research on. 52 weeks ago you made your remarks, where is your article? Can you point to a more scholarly article that can be read? Where's the link? Can you help make the paper more honorable? As I read the story that I had heard about in some vague way, I wondered how many other stories of its kind have been buried. This type of story flies into the face of "Blacks are not trying hard enough." We often forget that the rules change as we near the finish line, the playing field is not level and we fight against seen and unseen forces. Just seeing this article in Black History Month, February 20, 2011, I am reminded that the Black fight for excellence has been sabotoged at times (more times than one would imagine). It encourages me to move forward to find the truth and to do my best to correct those things that I have jurisdiction over—mainly myself! Besides your howling and criticizing Werwolf, what skill-set do you bring to this equation? What forces are keeping you from writing and submitting that scholarly article?

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      1. Lance

        The fact that you can't put facts together correctly, or a proper article, does not mean that he has to correct your mistakes. Where does your sense of entitlement come from that you feel you can order another human to do something, and that it should be done if you do?

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        1. MAM

          Lance N Werwolf are Both retarded.. Missing the whole point.. Point is People's homes were destroyed N people were killed.. Just because they were black.. That's the main focus, basically Americans attacked their own people… That's it bottom line, all This talk about research N inaccuracies are crap, who cares, the article is meant for u to. Then go ahead and do your own research, it Atleast sheds some light on the Topic…… See this is perfect example of how blacks just hate on each other… Rediculous …

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      2. MKL-ZDK

        Well said…for "SELF" is the issue. As it is always, the seeming of things in appearance. Fret not, for God has not done away with His own people. Although the sum are in slumber, I believe in our "Remnant"…It like Music…Thump-on…SELAH.

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        1. Black Knight

          Lance is white and Werwolf is also folks. I mean, Can't you tell by the CONDESCENDING tone & remarks these two PERNCIOUS twits are spewing?! Smh…

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    2. black Q

      The fact is this did happen, white people burned down a city for no reason at all other than being a hater. You must be white

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  5. Evolution Grooves

    The real sad point about this is very few Black people know this story and many, especially in England, would not even believe this event actually happened. Black people now listen, believe and understand the 'STORIES' told to them from a white perspective. Blacks in England really need to be RE-EDUCATED about their rich history as they are simply guided by the possible 'RICHES' they could gain if continue to preach the misguided stories that Black people have no business sense and you are 'better of'dealing with the white man because Blacks cannot be trusted.

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  6. Imperial Allah

    I am and will always be your brother and companion through all trials and tribulations. We know what the problem is, the real question is how many of you are willing to unite and come together for one common cause so we can truly build a empire, just like our brothers and sisters from BLACK WALL STREET ? Bakka Bazz is the movement and Royal City is the vehicle……. I have the formula…call 1.877.831.1078 and ask for Imperial or True Reflection…….

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  7. Billy Ward

    This is truly a tragedy in every sense of the word.9/11 was a masterful tragedy,but just think about this one.One of the most gruesome massacres in the history of America and most Americans has no idea what happened.This just goes to show what America feels about our Afican community.We as African Americans have got to wake up and understand who we are.We are divine beings,but if we don't understand how to get to that divinest spiritually than we will continue to be lost.This is our key to getting back to our roots.African sprituality and conciousness.hetep!!

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  8. ace

    To be honest with you i don't consider myself AFrican or AFrican American.. African Americans are mainly HOUSE NIGGAS and Africans are killing each other over land that clearly is owned by da PorkBack.. I am Black as the night and color of my heart.. my people are now amongst the highest of AIDS, DISGUSTING GAYS AND LESBIANS, AND MURDER RATES… i careless about a athelete cause you still running or getting knocked around for the white mans pay and enjoyment.. WE WILL 4EVER BE SLAVES

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    1. Jay

      YOU will be forever a slave–to your ridiculous thoughts and distateful comments!! I hope one day people will be able to accept each other for who they are and not hold others captive by their own insecurities!! You sound completely stupid and I, normally, don't comment on someone's opinion, but you just are a mess. I hope you are very young and have a chance to grow up, but IF you are already an adult–I HOPE you dont have children that have to learn from you.

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      1. Moe

        Jay, your comment is only adding to this mess. It was so not necessary… What Ace is saying has alot of truth, he's only very blunt with his comments. Please dont knock the next person for expressing one's self. There is a such thing as House Niggas and Field Niggas… the House Niggas turned on their own, Field Niggas stuck together… Which are you?

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        1. ASeekerofTruth

          you are so uninformed, we need to be more focused, using proper grammar and learning to articulate more intelligently. Yes there are house Niggas and Field Niggas we've all heard that metaphor a thousand times. The question is who has developed a plan that is worth executing that will provide a long term solution to our problem. http://www.greatgenius.com/the-visions-of-sadhu-s

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    2. thenextone

      yo i see where you coming from and sometimes i feel that way when i see it but you gotta stay positive and help them… some people just are weak minded and you gotta show them a better way and even if they dont take it just know you did what you had to do and they dont want to be apart of the movement

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      1. Black Knight

        You said it Best next, although EVERYONE had valid points in their responses. Even the poster ace, whom I somewhat disagree with in his delivery on certain things, particularly that Blacks will forever be slaves, but that's his feelings regarding such and I respect him & it for what it's worth. I do hope he comes around and has a change of heart on this because HE IS NOT A SLAVE, NEITHER AM I, OR ANYONE ON THIS FORUM for this matter. Our duties as Descendants of Our Imprisoned Ancestors is making sure that the Past does NOT repeat itself on our watch. I Pray Blessings, Peace, Love, & Prosperity to You All…

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  9. justice

    If we did rebuild they would just do the samething. what happend to Blackwall street was total a disreguard for human life or love. [Aliens?]Not real humans? Look at all the problems in the world. Where are the problems coming from? Whom of us causes these problems. Does are goverment not see kkk as true Terrorist? [EL-kida who]?Or was our government an aide in this terror. Hittler still walks in all forms of goverment mainly at the top and some peace-officers.How many people went to jail? [Move] Osage ave philadephia pa 1985 may 13th [mothers day.] It was just an eviction. Murder took place. They want your gold and guns now. Its coming again. [mass murder] where?when?i call it the passing of the tourch. kkk is running and ruening the planet.. They should be rounded up and jailed like Ben and his boys. The U.S. will not even outlaw this terrorism to date. Hittler is alive and well. i am scared to seek medical treatment anymore. They are trying to kill us all. Human-beings that its. The kkk is well off money wise and they seem to be very very did i say very patriotic..

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      1. Blak Knight

        While I DO AGREE with you as for the infecting part because they've ALREADY done that with the TUSKEGEE EXPERIMENT and with the Drugs part during the BLACK PANTHER PARTY'S ascension and NEUTRALIZED that movement, I do think Justice is RIGHT and they too would do some MORE burning as they did in the past, but it would NOT be there PRIMARY OR MAIN means of Sabotage to destroy it. Things have changed and they no longer NEED to resort to those means. They'd have to go about things discreetly, Especially in LARGER cities and/or Metropolis's. Now you would get a LOT OF THE BURNING scheme in SMALLER COUNTRY TOWNS AND/OR RURAL AREAS no doubt, but there are far more devastating strategies they can utilize than than the BURNING & LYNCHING that were used in the DARKER periods of AMERIKKKA…

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  10. mark webster

    Am without words, this crazy, how can someone do this to a people. Some one has to pay for this some how. They keep beat us down, for what? We did not ask to come here, we still have to live!

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  11. 12tribes

    We will get payback when our (Black)very DARKSKINNED Lord JESUS CHRIST RETURNS.Everything Esau(The RED NATION,THE WHITE MAN) did to us not because of the color of our skin but because of who we are WE WILL DO IT UNTO THEM. HE THAT LEADETH INTO CAPTIVITY SHALL GO INTO CAPTIVITY!SELAH

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  12. sarah

    2 Corinthians 4 verse 8
    8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—

    Romans 12 verse 19
    19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.

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  13. Tim

    Ok both sides above are irrational. The truth is that Black Americans are no different than White Americans, except that the black community has long been used by certain elitist whites. Do your history. Before the civil war there were prominent blacks throughout the country. It was not until the DEMOCRAT party began underground & forming groups like the KKK that the two races could not live peaceably together. I have never heard of Little Africa or Black Wall St but would be proud to see it thrive. As a white man, I find it odd that we have "Chinatown" in many cities & no one says a word but if the black community starts their own, all hell breaks loose. That is because of 2 things. 1 You have ignorant white people who allow the weeds of racism to give you these ever so quiet whispers in your ear that somehow blacks are inferior. And 2 gullible black people who allow militant radicals control your pulpits. All other races get along just fine but black and white is being driven apart for a larger purpose. Wake up! Black skin is only skin deep & the blood inside is a red as any white's. And white people are no different than let's say Korean people & just want peace & freedom. All races have been slaves at one time & ll races have committed atrocities for their cause. It is time to get beyond this racist crap & begin to allow people ALL PEOPLE be free. And if you are saying that "oh he is just some white cracker that knows nothing" you would be wrong. I am Lebanese & look at what my people are doing to themselves & then to others. We are destroying our own people for islam & attacking the Jews for no reason at all.

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    1. bereal

      Be real no other race fought for freedom no other race did not get there land taken from them no other race did not get lynch. They say Columbus found america that's a lie but you say we all the same bull if you look at it white people did all the killings we as blacks did not go bomb the korean we did not steal land from the indians. An as for your country they are on they land they did not help build america they try to destroy america I have lots of different races as friend an they all ways tell me when we discuss this matter an they say yes white people was wrong an the regret that wE can't get alone so for you to say what you said I think you are a racist an do no nothing about history you was not born here you read about it

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      1. ASeekerofTruth

        You are wrong. This is not a contest to determine who's destruction is the worse; elevate your thinking and see where we are presently, Yes learn from our past but do not dwell in it. Plan well and execute with pin point accuracy. Identify the bases of our condition and resolve it. And yes The placing of poisons among the masses; addiction to drugs and alcohol does not allow anyone to thing clearly. So many have ask for the land to isolate ourselves for self determination and the reeducation of our people properly. This is the only way we can change our destiny as a people.

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    2. Nytoysha

      Its very heard to understand something unless you see how it affects your people. Born a raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma I"v seen how this has effected the black community well the community period Tulsa is a very segregated place. I don't feel the author was trying to promote hate just educating people. people perish from a lack of knowledge. In these days we have to educate our young blacks children this is our history its American history. If you don't know were you been how can you know were your going. Many black Americans don't have and identity by educating them and showing them that blacks were very successful Not INFERIOR this may motivate them to do better. We all are free and you may not be a racists but hate and racism still exist. Many people say that blacks are always pulling the race card and sometimes we do but sometimes it is what it is…And black people if we are going to get mad about the pass we should really let it go look at the pass and see how far we've come grow from that !! Oh and I agree with Tim I am a democrat because of the changes BUT.. the democratic party was originally anti-black but it has changed over time PEOPLE DO YOUR REACH !!!

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    3. @redhen19

      This is an example of the racist belief that all blacks think alike and we are so illiterate that we cannot think for ourselves. We are not individuals.This is a man that knows nothing of black history. He actually believes that he and his words are not racist. He is the most dangerous person to blacks and stands in the way of ending institutionalized racism in america.

      There was never a system created for the systematic enslavement of whites. 60 million Africans were forcibly brought to the United States, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and North Africa. At least 2 million Africans–10 to 15 percent–died during the "Middle Passage" across the Atlantic. Another 15 to 30 percent died during the march to and confinement along the coast. For every 100 slaves who reached the New World, another 40 died in Africa or during the Middle Passage”.

      You are considered to be white. Don't hide behind being Lebanese, " Islamic traders probably exported 10 million slaves into north Africa, Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, and India. In addition, it now seems clear that during the era of the Atlantic slave trade, many and perhaps most of the enslaved were kept in Africa. Lebanon played a role in European slave trade.

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      1. Mary

        I have to correct you. There was a systematic enslavement of whites. I just learned about the many Irish who were brought against their will to the U.S. in much the same way as the Blacks. They weren't called slaves, their term was Indentured Servants. But apparently they suffered the same loss of life during the crossing, seldom outlived their time of Indenture and frequently weren't freed when they did. My understanding is that they were often enslaved right along with the Blacks. Now, I'm not ignorant enough to think it was on the same grand scale as the Black man and it didn't happen to every Irishman who came over, I just want you to know that there was in face a system that was created to enslave specific white people. Now that I think of it, what else would you call what they did to the European Jews before and during W.W. II?

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    4. Mary

      Tim you put this so well. I never knew this story and found it fascinating. I am so tired of Black being pitted against White, and, in some parts of U.S. still White against Native Americans, Islam against Jew, Atheists against Believers, Gay against Straight, and the list goes on and on. It may be too late, but people have to stop listening to radicals, haters, race baiters, and learn to see the commonality and good in all of us. The power hungry need to stop the evil they are pushing for their own greed.

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    1. racheel

      Woody, we are not in a perfect world you must choose a side "racism" is alive and well and it appears to me that if you want racism to end than the black community must be re- built
      we must be viewed as humans on this earth not less than half a human as most whites few us.
      ( and don"t forget how sad that black people lost their lives and continue to loose their lives even today just because they are black

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      1. Black Knight

        Yeah, And that PERFECT WORLD is and will NOT be here in this Society and on this Earth Woody and Racheel I couldn't agree with you MORE! What you are referencing to is HEAVEN Woody. Yes HEAVEN my friend. If certain things, although the means are somewhat different, are still EXISTING today as they were in the PAST and we are in a NEW MILLENIUM, What makes YOU, ME, OR ANYONE think they're gonna CHANGE? TRUTH is, they will NOT. Not as long as the Past's Ugly Head is STILL sticking up for all the world to see and certain people CLING TO & HOLD ON to the Yesterday's RADICAL ideas and views. I am one who WANT & LONG FOR this Peace & Harmony that you talk about, but I KNOW realistically it AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN as long as this stuff is still present and the LIAR OF ALL LIARS is loose roaming the earth like a ROARING LION seeking ALL whom which he may DEVOUR…

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    1. Gilbert Yearwood.

      Hello! James Wilson. I agree we as a people must teach our children about our past and our history. I read about Black Wall Street, I was not born in those days but I felt as if though it had happen to me.

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  14. Jalen Arrington

    Wednsday before professor Robertson discuss the powerpoint ” Race “, he touched down on and important video . ” Slavery by another name ” was the format that we were discussing . It tought us that race had an huge impact on culture and society . Frdiay , special guest speaker Dr. Harden really broke the method of slavery down to me . I recieved the message as if I were in the same particular position my fellow ancestors were facing . Poverty , racism , ethnicity , internalization , social construction , discrimination , and prejudice . The list goes on and on . Discrimination in slavery was in a way self-explanitory . Whites would as we say today ” blackmale ” the black community . Discriminating in every way possible , african americans were at risk of not only there freedom but their lifes as well . Dr . Harden was very accurate about this particular subject . He described how african americans were pusing themselves to the limit . Their tactics and demands were getting rejected because they were trying to move up in society . They weren’t allowed to . Therefore , recent gains are undeserved . I believe that african africans should’ve of lived in a society where race and judgement of class shouldn’t matter . Whites were so prejudice against african americans . Some african americans were convicted and senteced to being an indentured servants . Working to pay off their debt . Many were falsely accussed of this incident . No matter how mny times african americans would run away from trouble , trouble would find them . Never did have any say so . That’s until the admendments were admitted into law . We all know that african americans were considered as enslaved people . ” Niggers ” to be exact . Institutional Racism consist of race . Mainly occurs in public places . Systematic Racism consists of patterns that discriminates across social organizes in society . These two types of racism made society what it is today . The way we handle racism today are using different classes. You are classified by the class you in . It is essential that we all learn about our history now . Later will be too late . Abstract Liberalism consist of having an hands off approach to land oppurtunity . That’s a important fact that Dr. Harden spoke about . America is the land of oppurtunity . You choose the right choice to make and reep the consequences . I choose to get ahead of my generation and make it to the top . Our generation today dont take advantage of the oppurtunity at hand . They tend to expect everything handed to them . Well , im here to stand up and stand out for my generation . No , I don’t know everything about the world and what’s going on in the world . I can assure you that im willing to know . So many oppurtunity n life that we as young people can choose from . When Dr. Harden finish his lecture I was really into his words still . He really broke everything down to max ; making it understadable to my intelligence . Comparing his lecture to everyday life now , makes alot of since . None of us african americans would be free if it weren’t for our ancestors . They’re the ones that went through the pain , hardship , hard labor , and suffered just so we can be standing on our on two feet . So I tip my hat to the ones that suffered for my freedom and say thank you for everything . That’s what I got out of Dr. Harden’s lecture .

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  15. Ronald carmichael

    I hope and pray that we one day will come back together as a community our heroes was our mothers and fathers teach your children real black history don't water it down.

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  16. Just Another

    So they *white people* lied to us? When talking about civil rights in school I never ONCE heard about this. If it was so important, which it seems it is, why? why,why,why…..

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    1. Yogi

      There is a lot about Blacks in history that is not taught in schools… even concerning civil rights… STOP relying on what you hear and focus on what needs to be heard.

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    2. Black Knight

      To keep You & I along with SO MANY OTHERS ignorant to or misinformed about Our History as a means to CONTROL us. Despite ANY & ALL good deeds done by the dominant white race, WHY would they go to GREAT LENGTHS in trying to COVER THIS UP (Just like ROSEWOOD and OTHER similar events) and pretend none of this ever existed? It's about CONTROL and to keep you from getting FIRED UP & MOTIVATED to do something about it and REBUILD BLACK WALLSTREETS all across the WORLD where BLACKS are and can be a FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. It's for the SAME reason that BLACK HISTORY MONTH is only is February (the SHORTEST month of the year) instead of EVERY MONTH of the year. And we're all SUPPOSED TO BE Americans right? But NONE of the AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOKS that we've read in school INCLUDES any of this right? NOW YOU KNOW WHY, but WAIT! There's MUCH MUCH MORE…

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  17. Mary Royer

    My Mom was crying when she told me about this…jealousy by those that were unable to achieve such a beautiful life…jealousy by the lazy and immorally inept….by so called Christians. Bodies thrown away like trash in and effort to cover up the reality…..jealousy !!!!

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    1. Diann

      Christianity had nothing to do with this!! There are people who hide behind doing God's work but if you actually read the Bible, you would see that God does not condone these actions!! God's greatest commandment is to love one another. Galatians 5: 19-24 reads "When you follow the desires of you sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outburst of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. There are no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passion and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.

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  18. sandra hawkins

    When I read this it definitely saddens and challenges you to think better of evil people, without ruining your own pride and heart, 1912 and here it is 2013 a black president and the same type of people, wage war on his intelligence and capabilities, the very same mindset of 1912, jealousy and unjustifiable hatred because you are just intelligent if not more than they are! It upsets me to know the same types of people we witness on a daily basis for the last 4 yrs and continues, are the exact same type of idiots who destroyed black wall street in 1912! Ain't that a B—h!

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    1. Dee

      The president is treated worse than any president in the history of this country, no matter what he says they disagree with him he can say the sky is blue on a sunny day and they will say your wrong. Racsium is alive and well …. just look at what the first black president goes through .

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  19. SHIRLEY ALLEN

    NOTHING TO FEAR FOR GOD WILL RESTORE ORDER WHITE FOLKS WERE SIMPLY JUST DUMB AND LAZY THAT WHY SLAVERY WAS, AND THEY WISH IT COULD STILL BE, THEIR WOMEN SAT ON OLD RUSTY BUTTS ALL DAY SIPPING TEA BLACK WOMEN DID THEIR HAIR WASHED THEY KIDS, FED THEY KIDS WHILE THEIR BABIES STARVED, I MEAN REALLY THESE PEOPLE WERE SIMPLY L,A,Z,Y AND THEY WANT TO CALL US LAZY SMH AND DONT FORGET THE MASTER GAMBLE ALL DAY BEAT ON THE BLACKS HAVE SEX WITH ANY BLACK WOMEN,CHILD,BOY,MAN, HOW SWEET IT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR THESE PERVERTS,

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  20. tazaz

    It is so SAD what the white people did to US…They minimised us treated us less than animals destroyed every hope we had and broke our society into pieces…now,it s about time we stand together as one,build a strong Black unity,work hard,love everyone including whites and make sure that the bright future belongs only to us…They all had their chance and they wasted it by changing this world into a developped hell(whites,asians,…)…Time is near when they will be nothing left of the white civilisation,they will go down to the knees and apologies to the world.Africa,the continent their ancestors and themselves treated like trash will be the only liveable continent in less than 200years!!!we won’t be arround to live it but we will begin to see the signs very soon.Imagine how impossible life is gonna be for the white society when guns and money will become useless!!!They should have treated us like their own when they had that chance!

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  21. desmond

    The real sad point about this is very few Black people know this story and many, especially in England, would not even believe this event actually happened. Black people now listen, believe and understand the 'STORIES' told to them from a white perspective. Blacks in England really need to be RE-EDUCATED about their rich history as they are simply guided by the possible 'RICHES' they could gain if continue to preach the misguided stories that Black people have no business sense and you are 'better of'dealing with the white man because Blacks cannot be trusted. amd moreWhen I read this it definitely saddens and challenges you to think better of evil people, without ruining your own pride and heart, 1912 and here it is 2013 a black president and the same type of people, wage war on his intelligence and capabilities, the very same mindset of 1912, jealousy and unjustifiable hatred because you are just intelligent if not more than they are! It upsets me to know the same types of people we witness on a daily basis for the last 4 yrs and continues, are the exact same type of idiots who destroyed black wall street in 1912! Ain't that a B—h!

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  22. Lance

    War is a natural in humanity. You post this to get people "fired up," but you are actually only further setting us back. This is perpetuating the race war. This happened in a different world. Nothing is the same now as it was in 1921. Today we have the "Blackfoot Soldiers," raping, killing, and looting. THAT IS TODAY! For reparations none-the-less. I'm of french descent, so how does that allow you to rape my wife?

    Another question. Black slaves were allowed to own Irish slaves. These Irish slaves were treated far worse and only had a few year life expectancy. Do blacks owe the Irish reparations?

    I'm not going to cite sources intentionally, get of your asses and look it up and learn something for yourself, instead of just ingesting spoon-fed bandwagon propaganda like this

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    1. MAM

      What the Hell are You Talking About!? So because this happened in 1920's it's ok!? So these people didn't die? These houses weren't burned N communities destroyed? .. By your account, then the Jewish Holocust was ok because it was a different time? I can't stand when people try to justify injustice .. KILLING innocent people is wrong no matter what, to just say ohh! It happens! It's not a good enough excuse.. You talking about HISTORY… His Story.. Man made n manipulated, never going to get every detail correct, genius! You call this propaganda because. It is bringing up something that people have tried to hide.. Let that shit have been a white Community being Burned. and being Lynched, by Blacks.. That shit would have been in every history book! So don't come with that bullshit! Research reaseach! Why don't you pay attention to The MAIN subject, instead of bitching about the article.. N as far as Irish being Slaves to blacks, what does that tell you about whites, that they allowed that to happen? So wasn't good enough to have black slaves now, we can slaves that have Slaves, I think reparations should come from the masters that allowed this… So blacks don't owe them shit!

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      1. ASeekerofTruth

        Blacks enslaving the Irish? show me the evidence…it sounds like mental illness to me. Heaven help us all.

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  23. understanding

    I wondered why were the worst tornadoes in recorded history of America in the state of Oklahoma . After reading the history of Black Wall Street I understand "as you have done unto others so it shall be done unto. you". Since the slavemasters children don't want pay reparations to the slaves then God has to step in with judgement. The time and what must be done noi.org .

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    1. Goddess

      Absolutely. Their is individual karma and group karma. that is why their population 10% is down and they are experiencing increased fertility issues while the population in Africa is beginning to increase.

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    2. Darrell

      I take offense to the slave master's children comment. I am not responsible for another's sins committed long before I was born. My father was not a slave owner, nor was my grandfather, great grandfather or my great great grandfather. (I am not current on my family history more than 5 generations or so). I grew up in the projects was the poorest kid I knew. I joined the military and earned money for college, graduated an am now in graduate school. I believe that anyone, regardless of race or nationality, could do the same in today's world. If you need to blame someone for your shortcomings or anger, you might want to check the mirror.

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  24. Rene Simons

    Check book "Black Wall Street" by Jay Wilson & Ron Wallace or the DVD movie " Before They Die!
    Survivor Dr. Olivia Hooker now lives outside New York City, NY. today in her nineties.

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  25. Howard s.

    listen to a righteous man you know the truth about history about freedom if everyone in this world complain country to country to nation to nation everybody complains just look at the news but no one understands the truth will set them free no one has a solution, if most of the world sin. Brothers and sisters then you have to die In sin, Bombay gin baby last living souls please please please stop sinning, that is the only way to get to heaven. Know thyself for in Yahweh spirit is freedom no sin. Be blessed, shalom

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  26. Tony

    It's so unfortunate; it's the same thing that was done in Africa. One needs to read the book the Scramble for Africa. Today we have no true Nations in Africa, you have tribes split into different countries, so by default you always going to have tension. It's like putting France, England and Germany together and calling it say Ghana or Kenya. You know the Germans will never allow the English or French to rule them and vice-versa and we wonder why the African continent is in so much turmoil. Without the Second World War which led to the weakening of Britain and France, helped African, Caribbean and South Asian countries seek their Freedom.
    There is a Golden rule applied to the Black World. As long as you get rid of the Shepherd, the flock of sheep we move in different directions.

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    1. Sherry

      MR.TONY…..U R so right….I agree with U…. So Beautifully Explained…..This information is Priceless…Thank U 4 sharing & expressing your thoughts*

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  27. Lupe

    All these comments on here are valid and great comments but what are WE going to do to empower ourselves! Nielsen Research data shows that AA in this country have the BIGGEST spending power @ 1.1 TRILLION dollars a year but you wouldn't know it from the condition that our people are in. We have to use this power to push our people ahead.

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  28. john

    What all you FOOLS forget, is that this is a Nation where the REAL AMERICANS were killed off(WAY MORE THAN BLACKS) and had there whole land taken. GET OFF YOUR POOR ASS CRY BABY BS!!!!! You have a nation, you have YOUR home. We lost EVERYTHING! SCREW BLACK AMERICA! You fools need to STOP being STUPID and CONTROL YOUR KIDS and be PRODUCTIVE in society… STOP CRYING RACIEST BS as your crunch! GO BACK HOME AND FIX YOUR CRAP NATION!

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  29. Billy Jo

    this is really sad and i am proud for my brothers and my sisters for fighting this little war. Dont worry they where just hatting

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  30. JadeRoots

    When does it stop being an issue of black and white and begin to be an issue of right and wrong. As time evolves so should the mindset of humankind. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness enables counterproductive thoughts and our social consciousness to become paralyzed. If change does not begin today, we all may be left in ethical ruins tomorrow. This type of loss should never be experienced on any soil, let alone here in America. Someone needs to take the responsibility. Sweeping injustice under a carpet does not make it any less relevant; such acts make it sad and disgusting. My grandmother told me as a child growing up; I could not control how people treated me but I was completely responsible for how I treated them. Everyone should be held responsible for their social, ethical, and moral behavior; there should be no exclusions because of one’s economic or ethnic classification. Learning of yet another catastrophic devastation leaves me with an emotion of despondency. I would think the efforts of the African/ American community of 1921 would be applauded and encouraged versus annihilated. This story makes it hard for me to be proud to be an American.

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  31. Don Allen Jr.

    This was such a tragesty! Its a shame how unimformitive people are. I read a lot of comments, and wrote a few responsive, but I can't reply to all. Some was totally inappropiate, and some was incredibly awesome. People are afriad of what they don't know, so they respond as such! They don't know nothing! Ignorance is so bliss its an disgrace. I have a group on Facebook call, "The Real Black Wall Street", that touches this issue, and a variety of others. Its purpose is to change the perspective of the way people feel about one another. Everyone is welcome to join. I encourage it! We have a lot to learn from one another, if we want to really change the world. Our group is full of intelligent people, and all ignorant comments and post will be deleted as applied, and the occupant will be thrown out the room. We agree to agree/disagree, check our feelings at the door, and learn from one another. Thank you for reading this if you did. Will be looking forward for anyone who read this and decides to join this movement.

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  32. Jason

    Preface: I am a white man raised in an middle-class family, married to a black woman and these are my personal thoughts.
    Why did the writer bring these things up? Obviously, he did it because these were atrocities that very few people knew about, and he felt the need to inform people. This is our history, and we can all learn from it. When I say our I mean the entire nation, or world even. The black community does not own this anymore than any other community. That would be like saying the Jewish community owns The Holocaust. However, learning from this tragedy does not mean that reparations should be made. How would one even do that? Track down the handful of people on their deathbeds that lived at the time and give them stuff? That solves …. well…. nothing. Sure, everyone gets to see that person get some arbitrary dollar amount. Everyone pats themselves on the back for the great job they did in fixing such an injustice. Honestly, what did they fix? Nothing. From the outside looking in, the only thing the black community can do to make reparations is to rebuild this “black wall street”. Rebuild it better than it was before. I would contend that this is actually happening right now. There are thousands of African American entrepreneurs, working their hardest everyday to get ahead. However, they do this in their community, not in their black community, not in the white community, or Korean, or European, or any other racially divided community you can think of. The fact that the author even mentions dollars staying in the black community only just makes me discredit him and his opinions instantly. Asking people to only patronize black establishments is racist: plain and simple. Would you only buy a coffee at a Starbucks if the barista was white? No, of course you wouldn’t. Would he or she being black affect your decision to buy that coffee. No, it wouldn’t. How about something like getting a haircut. If you were a black woman and needed a haircut, and had a choice of a salon owned by African Americans or one owned by white people which one would you choose? Almost every black woman I’ve met would choose the African American salon. Is that racist? NO! They suspect that they will get better service there because a lot of hairstylists cannot or do not know how to style black hair. They are making that decision on merit. Asking people to patronize black-owned stores just because they are owned by a black person is no different than me saying hire that person just because they are white. These decisions should always be made on merit, not something as arbitrary as race. I understand the desire to keep these dollars within your community. However, I contest that a community should not be so racially divided.
    Bah, this is going on too long and I really have not made a distinct point. So here it is. QUIT BITCHING. It is horrible that this happened. I am not saying, “don’t talk about it”. By all means, talk about this. This should probably be included in our country’s history books and taught to children when they learn about the Civil Rights movement. However, stop complaining. Just because some horrible stuff happened to your ancestors (and still happens today to a degree) does not mean you should complain about it or be treated differently because of it. Should you talk about it? Yes. Learn from it? Yes. Be owed something for it? NO! The only people holding you back are yourselves. There is racism in this world and in this country. However, saying that it is not fair and you cannot get ahead in life because of it is a crutch. Life is not fair. If you want your piece you have to go get it. No one is going to give it to you. And if you actually want things to just be given to you; this post is a waste of your time so just ignore it.

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  33. Janee Reed

    A lot of these comments are true and I am proud to be black and I do understand people being upset about Black people wanting reparations but what they are really upset about is because these thing continue to go on and nothing is being done about it… Is it impossible to be successful in this society, No but it is definitely harder and that is something White people do not have to experience we are deliberately discriminated against and hated beaten hung raped and kicked down.. I am proud of my people for not giving up and still attempting to fight even though the enemy they are fighting against is much more deceptive and conniving then they can imagine and they are always 3 steps ahead of them so when ever they feel they are making strides to move forward they come and knock them back to the ground but in the end Jehovah will prevail…

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  34. Jay Danzie

    AS an author, This story has moved me to take action now!!!! I know Charlie Wilson personally and traveled with him. I never knew what Gap stood for. Now I am deeply impacted to bring about awareness. Dr. Kings agenda before he died was dealing with the social economics of African American people. He said that we would never truly be free until we dealt with the social economic issues that are the real prejudice to us in our society today. I have started a company known as Success In Progress because I believe that's what we are. Anyone who would like to reach out to me can and I am willing to link arms with positive individuals who are promoting equality in our community as it relates to social economics.

    The barriers are no longer an issue. time to organize and start a black wall street in every state, then in every major city! I am in Detroit MI. and I see attacks on politicians everywhere in all cities and they must keep their noses clean in order to pass bills and change laws for uplifting a powerful, positive cause. When the average Caucasian family makes over $100,000 a year and the average African American family makes under $25,000, there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. I am starting with our credit and I work with credit fixers who are the best in the US. The next step is employment and education in which we are educating others one family at a time. This is how we free ourselves. Share the wealth by sharing the information. Reach back like Harriet Tubman and free someone who is mentally trapped, then educate in a direction that has us focused on a common agenda. Let Treyvon be the foundation or lets create something that moves and inspires us emotionally that causes us to take action!!! Link up to a solid vision of unity and Slavery will be a thing of the past. This will help all America to compete with the world as well. Helping black people will help America! Two types of people, talkers and doers and I am a doer looking for other doers. I am in no way a racist as I love all people but my heart is genuinely moved by the uneven playing field we landed upon against our wills when every other race willingly came on their own free will. Peace and Love to all who read this.
    http://www.About.me/jaydanzie

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  35. Glenda

    United Snakes of America not a country but a CORPORATION! You will feel the pain that you have cause against the MOST HIGH's CHOSEN PEOPLE! Burn in Hell

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  36. anna

    All ethnicities have had their share of tragedies and atrocities, History is full of them. Whether it is black Wall street, the trail of tears, the Sterilization Program of Puerto Rico, holocaust all the way back to the slaughter of the first born male. ALL were done because of ignorance, fear and hatred. STOP IT!!!! Educating our children, AND LEADING BY EXAMPLE that we are all ONE RACE, HUMAN, will end this once and for all.

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  37. MARY TERRELL

    OUR YOUNG BLACK SHOULD READ ABOUT BLACK FAMILYS HISTROY,THE PRIDE.DEDICATION LOVE AND HONOR OUR GRANDFATHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS HAD FOR EACH OTHER. AND CAME THE NEW FORM OF SLAVERY. WIPED OUT ALL CONTROL OF OWNING OUR OWN AND KEEPING OUR MONEIES IN OUR OWN. MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME ABOUT THE 1921 ERA .

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  38. Terence allen

    Hey people I knew about this long time ago. My grandmother told me about this story because my grandfather owned n operated stores in the south where all these crackers lived. so what he did he fronted the stores with white folks so they wouldn't burn down his stores……white people are sick I wish them death fuck'em go to youtube and watch it

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  39. Robert Lee Johnson

    I write this with tears in my eyes. I read about this tragedy, but the most sad thing is, we (blacks) don't have too muck knowledge of "the black business man", but we see Hispanics come in and do just what the black people did back in 1921. The biggest tragedy is that our youth don't understand just how brilliant their four father were. Please don't let these people memory die, let's honor them by reading about them and coming together.

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  40. movement forward

    the history of racism and hate among individuals in the world has been atrocious. Its not just american history but in the history of every part of the world that racism and hate among different groups of people exist. The Black Wall Street of tulsa in the 1920's, is just one example of the deepest most dark side of what man is capable of. The story is in my opinion, an inspiration to be grateful and receptive of the country we live in today. The simple fact that we hear about this is amazing… how many years was this story suppressed? There no telling…. but i do know that we have come along way since these days, and i believe these stories and facts about history are very important to know about so that we dont repeat history again. But we cannot allow these stories to inspire hate in one another. Hate is what caused this situation to happen in the first place. The worst of human characteristics; Hate Ignorance and Jealousy. we must learn from history and not allow history to repeat itself through allowing hate ignorance and jealousy to manifest in our lives today.

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