The Tulsa massacre has long disappeared from national memory

STORY – Rediscovered over the past two decades, the Tulsa massacre is now a symbolic date in the history of racial violence in the United States.

For a long time, the 1is June 1921 was designated in Tulsa as the day of ‘lriot ”, or even“ race riots ”. But above all, for decades, the memory of this tragic day has been almost entirely erased from official memory, and carefully buried in those of the families, white and black, of this city of Oklahoma. Rediscovered twenty years ago, the Tulsa massacre is now a symbolic date in the history of racial violence in the United States.

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In the Greenwood neighborhood, monuments to victims and murals today celebrate the memory of what was one of the most flourishing black neighborhoods in the country. The laws of segregation, or Jim Crow, which imposed at the beginning of the XXe century in many American states strict racial separation and deprive blacks of their civil rights, contribute to Tulsa the emergence of a parallel economy.

In this new town, nicknamed the “American capital

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