What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921?
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.
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.
My gratitude to Bojidar Marinov for bringing this to my attention – and, especially for the link.
I wonder what would have happened, had Black Americans been permitted to grow their economy and society by White Americans. One guess: no support for Democratic policies, and a lot more muscle for Republican social policy.
As it is? Black Americans suffer, and – thanks to their dependence on the Democratic Welfare State – will continue to suffer, and fall further and further behind. On the other hand, they aren’t declining as a percentage of the population. Moreover, there is a real possibility that – after the Liberal Empire collapses into bankruptcy and chaos – Black America will again be able to go their own way.
This time, with a sufficient amount of weapons and ammo to protect their lives and property.