Exactly 100 years ago today:
That is a screenshot from History.com.
As many as 300 Black people were killed that day and over 30 blocks of the Greenwood neighborhood including a part known as “Black Wall Street” were unterrly dstroyed.
Many of those who were in the white mobs that committed this atrocity were actually deputized by the city of Tulsa and were provided weapons.
Many of the Black men who tried to defend the Greenwood neighborhood were World War I veterans.
What if I presented this information to a class of students as a history teacher (especially a day after this country celebrated MEMORIAL DAY) and honestly told them that I had never heard about this incident while I was a secondary education student?
Would this incident in which race, socio-economics, law, housing, finance, and violence all came crashing into one another be considered “indoctrination” in the eyes of those lawmakers who never taught in public schools and who are trying to pass legislation like the following?
In fact, it would be nice to hear how State Supt. Truitt or Rep. Tim Moore would present this important piece of history in a social studies class.
And that “not mentioning it at all in a class so as to be safe and sanitary” approach is not a valid reply at all. In fact, it would scream