100th Anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre

Did you learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre in school?

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    Nope, there might have been a footnote in my history book but nothing was ever discussed in depth on this.

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    I learned of this atrocity in my 50’s. Not only was school remiss in teaching this, but so were all the reference material I frequently read because of my interest in history. It was not even mentioned in American History class I took in college. All of this happened in a very liberal Northeastern state, so I can only imagine what other incidents have been hidden. It is just more evidence of a very disheartening America, one that does not vaguely resemble that which I learned about so very long ago.

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    Nobody cares and neither do me

  • 127

    The Tulsa massacre, the Wilmington massacre, the Rosewood massacre and the truth about the Trail of Tears and Wounded Knee all need to be taught in school. It’s the only way we face the truth about our Nation’s past and begin to understand and heal as a nation.

  • 246

    The Tulsa Massacre and the brutal destruction and wonton murder of innocent civilians by white Americans was not taught in grade or high school but I did learn about if first in college and later in reading about it. The erasure and burial of this depraved hostility towards another group because of their skin color and their prosperity is beyond disgusting especially since segregation was in place. The buried history is part of a deplorable American history that revisionists had tried to erase twist and white wash! I was taught early on in school but wish it had been!

  • 192

    No, and I'm glad I didn't. I have no interest in all these so-called atrocities perpetrated on the black population. They do not deserve sympathy from the native White population. They should sympathize with the White citizens for their creation of countless ghettos and slums to ruin the beauty of this country, for all their violent crimes which makes this an unsafe country to live in for the White population. After a year of rioting, looting, burning everything down, destroying precious monuments and statues to the tune of countless billions of dollars, the black population gets no sympathy!!!!!

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    NO-in fact their was little to no Black hx. provided in our history classes-keep in mind I went to school a long time ago, but I doubt that this info. is currently taught, as well. I did know from our hx. lessons' that our country has always been racist and operated with violence against any body that was different from the white/male/christian mold and sadly, we still see this same pattern today-maybe not as frequently, but it is still there and has been stoked by Trump and his Republican buddies.

  • 173

    Schools should teach actual history and not the glossed over propaganda presented in schools up to this point.

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    This part of American history should be included in school curriculums.

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    While reading the comments posted on this question, I noticed a trend developing. That trend is for some of the commentators made it clear that "Whitewashing" American History is a practice that would remain in place. I was raised in California, and the topic of the Tulsa Massacre was never presented in our history books. I was in college and chose an elective class on African-American History that I first learned of this atrocity. The roots of my all-white family tree are planted in the soil of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, and the destruction of Black Wall Street was never mentioned. When I asked, "why?" I was told that "there are some things that should be kept quiet". The United States will never achieve being a fully integrated country until we, The American People, demand that our history be fully taught; and that includes the ugliest parts as well as the shiny parts.

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    Facts, the truth should be taught in High School of the U.S. history. I had to wait until college to learn what was taught in H.S. was basically : they "lied" to me - didn't teach the TRUTH. We were fed "Manifest Destiny" & all that curtails. And in college I only learned about the native americans & what really happened. Being an avid reader, it was only years & years later, that I learned more & more truths about black history : from 1619 until where we are today & why the "system/society" is so rigged against people of color & has been for the past 155 yrs since slavery & the civil war. How are we to "learn from our mistakes", if people don't know this countrys true history. I'm a 61 yr old white woman. I've heard, that maybe some 30% of people don't even know, or deny there was a Civil War & what it was about & also deny the Holocaust. Ignorance is our foe. We need to treat ALL people in U.S. & outside, with dignity & respect & propagate Human Rights everywhere, esp. here. Better education is key to achieving this. Unlike Republicans who want to whitewash history, we need to reveal historys truths, no matter how painful it may be. Then we ALL can heal & learn how to help others with cooperation, not completion - where people are lied to that some "group" or subset of people have to suffer or sacrifice to turn each other against one another. Then America can truly be great. We have our work cut out. Keep the Progressive movement going & don't let others with malice (greed & power hungry) in them, to take us backwards. Thank you.

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    My formal education took place in Georgia, so you can imagine the white-washing. No, the Tulsa-Greenwood massacre didn’t make the syllabus in any class, ever! But I believe now that all massacres should be taught! It will remind us that we should have stopped believing our government with LBJ; but never believed white people, we’ll certainly white men.

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    It is the same for Native American students enrolled in public schools........not even mentioned. The U.S. history books that most schools in "reservation areas" purchase begin in 1900 so the Wounded Knee Massacre preceded that. They don't have to talk about America's Mass Graves, land theft, torture etc etc etc. My best advice is to make sure you identify the Indian students in your schools (you'll get federal money to help you with them), just make sure that when it come you use it to buy materials that are relative to Native history and culture and not sport equipment or video cameras. If even just 10 percent of the kids in your public school are Native you should have a school board that reflects that. There is a school close to a reservation that has 55% of their students Native Americans. How many Indian parents are on the School Board? Zero! How many should be? That is the way you can change things. Get Indian parents on the Board and let them help choose the text books, drive the curriculum, organize special events etc. etc. What a difference that makes. I know, I have seen it!

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    My mother was born and lived in ok for the years of her youth. And she never spoke of it and my school history books utilized in mo, didn't make note of it. None of that is surprising based on the purveyors of school history and the apparent efforts to promote white accomplishments and mitigate the accomplishments of Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous Peoples, this promoting and ingraining white supremacy for all to see and acknowledge! From my youth, I have sought to glean the history of Blacks in America as part of my journey and growth. Tulsa was 1 of approximately 100 such murderous rampages by whites against Blacks, from civil war to the 1950’s! 1619 was only the beginning! Americans need to know all of their history!

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    As an undergrad working to complete a five year engineering program in four years and working part time jobs, in my final year I had to take some of those non-major required elective courses. I picked them based on convenience of scheduling so I could get then done quickly. I will say that art history was interesting, sort of. However, the discussion here brings me to some conclusions drawn from the class on the history of historians. What I found to be interesting, was that given the same set of facts, the very same details - different historians would draw radically different conclusions that tended to match the prominent beliefs of the times or the political posture of the region in which they lived. The issue being is that we are often presented the conclusions drawn from facts and not the facts themselves. This allows historians to discount some facts and emphasize others to suit the mores and politics of the times and place of their audience. … … … I guess that is why I tended toward technology and science, because the facts are paramount and the accepted conclusions represent the consensus view of knowledgeable people. It gives all practitioners a common base, a common narrative that can be interrogated and challenged to find ‘better’ science that does not run counter to known facts, but better describes the meaning of them. I was lucky enough to find a career that challenged many traditional assumptions that may not be applicable in applications to new technologies, by always going back to fundamental principles that underpin those presumptions. I really hated what you might call ‘plug and chug’ engineering where learning the ‘formulas’ was more important than understating the basic physical principles from which they were derived. … … … Perhaps a better approach to teaching history would be to present students the facts and details of significant events in history without any initial interpretation, so they can form their own initial conclusions and then present what different historians concluded so they have an opportunity to challenge precepts based on their own insights. … … … I know this is rambling a bit - but the bottom line as always, is knowing the raw unvarnished facts of what is known, what is not, what facts are contested, ‘what’ happened, ‘when’, and ‘where’ are really important to understanding and accepting conclusions pertaining to the ‘how’ and ‘why’. Hiding the facts for political expediency or to hide shameful events does not allow those events to guide us all to a better understanding that can help make this world a better place.

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    I do hope in all this commemoration of the 100th anniversary that many Americans learn what "generational wealth", "secondary trauma", and "intergenerational trauma" mean. There is no underestimating the long-term effects incidents like the Greenwood massacre had on both survivors of the massacre and their descendants, let alone other black Americans who heard about it and lived in fear for generations. We must stop denying the effects of incidents like this on our country's residents.

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    This needs to be addressed it is a shame that we don’t tell our children. This is something that we need to look into it’s ugly face. It’s how we go past racism if we really look at what happened and the effects of it. It’s uncomfortable sure, but maybe our ancestors shouldn’t have done it if it’d be uncomfortable

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    A blot on United States history.

  • 160

    We need to do better at teaching ALL of our history!!