Classic Who: The Day Americans Bombed an American City From the Air - WhoWhatWhy

Classic Who: The Day Americans Bombed an American City From the Air

Tulsa Race Riots 1921
1921 Black Wall Street Memorial, Tulsa burning 1921, National Guard truck and photos on display at Tulsa Museum Photo credit: Wesley Fryer / Flickr (CC BY 2.0), Library of Congress / Wikimedia, Tulsa world / Wikimedia and Wesley Fryer / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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“Black Wall Street” was a prospering African-American neighborhood In Tulsa, Oklahoma, that went up in flames 95 years ago. Incredibly, most Americans have never heard of the shameful events of June 1, 1921, when whites firebombed the neighborhood from the air and an estimated 300 African-Americans were murdered.

For decades, the city of Tulsa tried to erase this dark day from its memory and history books alike. It  nearly succeeded — because what happened seems almost impossible to believe.

Complete with eyewitness accounts, the following video tells the truly stunning story of that day.


Related front page panorama photo credit: Tulsa, Oklahoma after riots of 1921 (Mary E. Jones Parrish / Wikimedia)

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23 responses to “Classic Who: The Day Americans Bombed an American City From the Air”

  1. Barbara Streeter says:

    My God! Why weren’t we taught this is history classes in the 1950’s? That is so horrible.

  2. RubyB says:

    What is the source of this video?

  3. […] Ethnic cleansing in America: the 1921 Tulsa pogrom. “Incredibly, most Americans have never heard of the shameful events of June 1, 1921, when whites firebombed the neighborhood from the air and an estimated 300 African-Americans were murdered.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/06/01/classic-day-americans-bombed-american-city-air/ […]

  4. MrK001 says:

    How much are they going to pay the familiy of Terence Crutcher?

    The racist state representative at the end is evidence enough that they need to be shown that what they did was a crime, not a mistake or something unfortunate. Are they even sorry?

    So repayments have to be made to all the descendents, and made publicly.

  5. 0040 says:

    Wonderful story and a stark example of the effectiveness of modern day revisionism. As the introducton points out most have never heard of this crime and few will believe it happened .Woodrow Wilsons CPI under George Creel saw to that..