Tom Hanks: Schools and Hollywood 'Must Portray the Burden of Racism in Our Nation'

Tom Hanks: Schools and Hollywood 'Must Portray the Burden of Racism in Our Nation'


An op-ed from actor Tom Hanks published by the New York Time Friday urges Americans to “learn the truth about the Tulsa Race Massacre.”

The June 4 op-ed landed days after the 100th anniversary of one of the most disgraceful incidents in American history, where between May 31 and June 1, in 1921, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, erupted in a deadly race riot.

Estimates of the number of deaths from the conflagration seem hard to pin down. Some estimates claim that riot resulted in the deaths of at least 26 black people and 10 whites. However, other estimates posit that as many as 75 to 300 people died during and immediately after the two-day incident.

The Forest Gump star noted at the outset of his article that he has been a fan of studying American history but growing up and during his formative education, he was never

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