Create reparations for the Greenwood Community. Few survivors remain, but as stated above, the inherited wealth created in “Black Wall Street” by hardworking African Americans was stolen. Their legacy was burned down during the Race Riots on May 21-June 1, 1921. Besides the individual wealth, the wealth of the community was stolen on those nights. Families were destroyed as fathers, mothers, and children were murdered; neighborhoods were burglarized, taking more than family heirlooms. A community’s sense of safety was also stolen. Many African Americans fled, never returning to the site of so much bloodshed and heartbreak. Is compensation necessary? Absolutely. But we must think about the collective scars on this community, and use these reparations to heal those.
Instead of individual reparations, create reparations that benefit the community today. Establish scholarships for the young African American women and men who live in Tulsa. Create a memorial for the dead and living: Rebury the dead who lie in unmarked graves and give them a proper burial, and create a living museum to teach the history of those nights, so they will not be repeated. Develop low interest loans to rebuild the Greenwood business community. Establish health care plans for those residents who cannot afford this basic right. Fund artists whose work helps illuminate both the history as well as the underlying problems that contributed to the disaster in Greenwood.
Your group will attend a meeting with the Governor, the State Legislature, the Mayor of Tulsa and the Tulsa City Council. The question before the Legislature is: