Hmm, we remember. It never ceases to amaze me how some history is conviently omitted from the history books, such as the only time when aerial bombs were dropped on a continental US city. AFRO-AMERICAN ALMANAC – African-American History Resource
Many people are puzzled as to why the initial feeelings by blacks to the hurricane response is deemed to be race related. With 80% of New Orleans being black, and 30% below the poverty line, cynicsm reigns and there will always be that underlying feeling of discrimination and racism based on ommitted history events like that of Tulsa, 1921.
In speaking with an elderly black person in my town where I live, he remembers life in the south, and made this comment: “Any way they can get rid of us black folk, leaving us to die in N’Orleans or bombin’ Tulsa, it will always be….”
Now I’m not saying that their thoughts are justified or not, but what I am saying is that their feelings are based on a reality, not just a perception. And remember, a majority of disrimination was government based and sponsered, from the Dept. of Agriculture on black farmers, to the ship builders and coastal properties in Wilmington, NC., or even the history of land thefts and trickery in Cary, NC. itself. Blacks remember these things, some still live them, so when they see an issue like the hurricane response, they relive their past experiences. So if you’re asking why this anger is surfacing amongts the storm victims, here is a look into why.
Now I remember hearing the story of Tulsa about 15 years ago while I was at Ft. Bragg, but dismissed it as not being something that could actually happen on our soil, but I was a lot younger, and naive back then. So, hopping on the net and doing some searching, here it is….but prior to reading on, this post isn’t for starting hostilities, but rather to foster understanding and compassion.
Monday May 30, 1921