Tulsa Race Riot Historical Photos – Slide Show

A look at the Tulsa Race Riot through historical photos set to music. This video has has over 5,000 views on You Tube (update: September 2009 – over 13,000 views).

Music by Michael Franti and Spearhead, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy.


9 responses to “Tulsa Race Riot Historical Photos – Slide Show”

  1. Venus says :

    I am sickened by this piece of history that has been erased from the history books and all but forgotten, except by those that survived this horror and have yet to find peace or justice.

  2. BigGuy says :

    Race riots before world war two in the U.S. were mostly White mobs killing Blacks and destroying Black property, more akin to the pogroms against the Jews in central and eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century. Rosewood, Florida in 1922 and Wilmington, NC in 1898 also were destroyed like Tulsa.

    There were also race riots of Whites against Blacks all over the U.S. when Jack Johnson won the heavyweight championship in 1905, but none were as violent as in Tulsa.

    Tulsa was unique because the Black community was wealthier than the surrounding White community. That’s hardly ever happened in the U.S. The jealous Whites were especially destructive.

  3. Mary says :

    I lived in Tulsa from 1997 to 2004 and was particularly interested in the race riots. I’d never before heard that they had happened. When talking to a friend about it, the subject of restitution came up. Hmm, it seems a lot of us white people can easily say that it wasn’t me or my ancestors that were involved, I don’t owe anything, no one in the present generations do. I see it differently. Tulsa’s black population was prosperous, happy and industrious despite a lot of hate from the white community. What I see is a segment of the white population that felt superior, and ‘better than’, saw black people that were obtaining better and better stations in life; many better than some whites were. They were thriving and growing and bettering themselves. They had dignity and self respect. This was a threat to the whites, it upset the status quo, and would upset things more if it was allowed to continue. All that was needed was a trigger to let loose all of their hatred and frustration and fear.
    The blacks that were homeowners could have sent children to college by borrowing against the equity in their homes. So much was lost in the riot and fires, they were sent back to square one. It changed the outcomes of their families for generations. If it had been me, I would have been so, so angry. The injustice!!! Since we all live in society together I think that yes, the black population are owed some kind of restitution. I don’t know about individuals, but the black community in general would probably welcome a gesture from the white community acknowledging that a grave injustice was done that altered their lives, threw them back from their forward motion in society, and took away everything they had.

    Ironically, if I remember correctly, Black Wall street was rebuilt (although never reached it’s former level), only to see business drop off when Jim Crow laws were dismantled and blacks began shopping in the white stores where there were cheaper prices.

    What if we had celebrated the success of the black community and embraced our fellow man?

  4. LoriCozart says :

    Absolutely incredible!

  5. Mac says :

    I am a third generation survivor of this travesty and the city’s race relations still have not healed as a result of this devastation. The South did rise again and it occurred in Tulsa. The city will never recover until there is equitable restitution and a sincere apology. All residents who know of that history can not heal until that dark past is brought to the light and forgiven.

    • Mary says :

      Hi Mac,
      I am so, so sorry for your family and how the race riots affected the generations to come. Do you know of any survivors’ family descendants that live in Norman OK? I haven’t thought about this in a long time, but used to think I’d like to be a housekeeper/childcare person for a black family to help right some of the wrongs of slavery and racism. At no charge, because slaves weren’t paid. There needs to be healing on both sides.

  6. thomas says :

    My great aunt grace (caddy)had her business destroyed during riot,great grandfather came to tulsa during riot had everything taken by white mob,was placed in concentration camp.settled in south haven.when you broughtit up in history(white schools)they denied it happened.

    • Mary says :

      That is unpardonable. Besides the riots having a devastating effect, children had to face that kind of denial at school. What does that do to a child’s sense of self worth?

  7. Chief eagle spirit says :

    Until just recently, I knew very little of this slaughter. I am black and Cherokee Indian
    and I have a very long memory and I will make
    sure people where I live will hear about this and
    My children will know and we will never forget.

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