In 1921, the everyday ordinary white residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma destroyed the suburb of Greenwood, the wealthiest African American neighborhood in the nation at the time. Dynamite was tossed from airplanes onto the tops of buildings. Reports indicate that the National Guard, called by the governor to restore order, actually turned their machine guns on Black citizens.

This article on, offers a striking narrative account of one of the bloodiest examples of the warfare waged by normal white people against their African American neighbors. Black Wall Street was perhaps the most famous of these massacres, but it was just one example of dozens of large scale attacks. And it was indicative of hundreds of individual home invasions, and thousands of assassinations and lynchings that occurred in the violent destruction of African American generational wealth carried out by our fellow citizens all over the country.


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