President Biden will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre Tuesday with a visit to Tulsa, Okla. — where he’ll unveil a new effort to invest $100 billion in minority-owned businesses, despite previous legal pushback on other race-based government initiatives.
The massacre took place in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, starting on the evening of May 31, 1921, and continuing into the next afternoon.
The neighborhood, often referred to as “Black Wall Street,” was home to great economic prosperity for black residents before white rioters burned it to the ground.
Of the more than 30 blocks that originally made up the black neighborhood, burned bricks and a fragment of a church basement are all that were left.
White mobs killed an estimated 300 black residents, injured about 800 more, left 8,000 residents homeless — yet saw no punishment from law enforcement.
The aftermath of the Tulsa Race Massacre, during which mobs of white residents attacked black