I’ve written articles on Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, which was originally called Negro Wall Street, in the past, so I won’t go back over that detail in this video. Links are below. Instead, as today marks the 100th anniversary of the government sanctioned war on a once very self sufficient and very prosperous black enclave, I want to focus on why I use the words “government sanctioned.” I also want to ask pointed questions about the circumstances leading up to the Memorial Day Tulsa Ethnic Cleansing of 1921.
Often, when we analyze black history, it’s tempting for many of us to let emotion to take over the intellect. This is part of “their” strategy to distract us from the truth. Indeed, the massacre and ethnic cleansing that happened was, and is, very angering. No doubt. The images and descriptions of growing white mobs unleashed on smaller numbers of black citizens should trigger an emotional response. But we have to set aside emotions, at least temporarily, and put on our detective hats. Just like many of you love those forensic crime shows and movies, use some of that same energy when examining the facts.
I won’t have time to go over every major fact as the history is actually extensive. However, I will cover some of the major facts that non black historians want you to overlook so that you don’t see the truth. And if we don’t know the truth, then they will always get away with these ethnic cleansings, which would later happen in Africa in the 1960s, among other areas around the world. We were their guinea pigs, so let’s look at the facts like soldiers.
Official historians want you to think there were not any credible witnesses to U.S. government war planes dropping fire bombs on Black Tulsa. This is a lie. One of the most intellectual black historians we have, B.C. Franklin, the father of renowned historian John Hope Franklin, gave a very detailed description of the planes and how they maneuvered like military planes. Another educated black female teacher confirmed the same. Keep in mind, the U.S. air force at the time was in its infancy, so don’t confuse them with today’s air force.
And if you think about it, name any other so called race riot where government planes were used against blacks? So why, of all the black enclaves in America, did they just so happen to choose the Greenwood district of North Tulsa, arguably the most prosperous and independent black enclave in the world, to use U.S. government planes? Mind you, this was also the first American city in history that came under air attack, at a time when the Air Force was trying to perfect its air superiority following its mediocre performance in WWI. Folks, this is no coincidence that Black Tulsa was used as a proving ground for the young U.S. Air Force.
The only other time the U.S. military used planes in warfare was in Haiti two years earlier in 1919, the same year that government sanctioned anti black ethnic cleansings erupted all across America. As anthropologist Jean-Philippe Belleau noted, this was possibly “the first ever carried out by air on civilian populations.” Interestingly, the same US government that supposedly freed us from slavery would put Haitians into slavery after the air assault! Now, is it a coincidence that yet another black enclave, which defeated France in the early 1800s, was the first region to have civilians massacred from the air by the United States? And these were the same kinds of planes used against Tulsa 2 years later. Again, this is the invisible hand at work, one that wanted revenge on Haiti for daring to defeat the home of secret societies, France, over a century earlier. The same air assault pattern was used by the British military against civilians in the Middle East between 1920 and 1924, massacring many and leaving them homeless. Any coincidence that America’s number one ally used the same kinds of planes against civilians in then Palestine? Oh I got time today.
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The US military air attacks Haitian civilians in 1919…Jean-Philippe Belleau as possibly “the first ever carried out by air on civilian populations”.