Remembering The Greenwood District; Tulsa, OK 90 Years Later

By | June 1, 2011

by Brian A. Wilkins

The Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma was known to European American media as “Black Wallstreet” and “Little Africa” because it was the most prosperous city in the USA, and had an all-Black population. Women, children, and men who were freed from forced labor, rape, and murder with the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1868, migrated to Tulsa to build a new life. And that they did. The Greenwood District, by 1921, would claim several hospitals, banks, shopping malls, homes, schools, and churches…all built by and owned by Black Americans. It was the financial, social, and educational epicenter of Black America.

A Black man named Dick Rowland accidentally bumped into a white female elevator operator on May 31, 1921 in Tulsa. This prompted to woman to scream “rape” and for the Tulsa Tribune to write stories with titles such as “Lynch All Niggers.” 90 years ago today, on June 1, 1921, tens of thousands of angry, jealous, bitter European Americans attacked the city and its residents. The Oklahoma National Guard dropped bombs from planes to destroy hospitals, schools, homes, and banks; the local sheriff armed random white people and encouraged them to shoot as many “niggers” as possible; and the town was looted by these savage Euro-American attacker for everything they would find.

The town was left in ruins; and upwards of 1500 children, women, and men were murdered; thousands more raped and incarcerated. Not one “white” person was charged with a crime. The once prosperous, happy citizen of Greenwood were forced to live in tents and find ways to survive, as none of them even got insurance payouts for the government sanctioned destruction of their homes.

Operation Nation will be releasing the first edition of our “White In America” series next week, which chronicles the continual, innate savagery of European Americans from yesterday and today. Know what you’re dealing; be proactive; stay armed.

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