The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
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  • On May 30th, 1921, a young adult black male, entered the elevator of the Drexel building and happened to fall when the elevator came to an abrupt stop. Dick Rowland claimed that he'd fallen over and unintentionally bumped into the operator, there with him. The operator, a 17-year-old woman, Sara Page, claimed to have been raped.
  • Rape! This man beside me just raped me! Someone, please help! (2nd)
  • The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
  • So sorry! I didn't' mean to bump into you. The elevator can get a bit sha-- (1st)
  • You have the right to remain silent. If you do say anything, what you say can be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to consult with a lawyer and have that lawyer present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire.
  • Later that same day Mr.Rowland was arrested after being accused of rape. Without a fair trial, this man was imprisoned and later investigated. This only made elements of segregation, and discrimination against blacks, evident 
  • But sir, I haven't committed any crime...
  •  That very day, an article reporting Rowland's arrest far from exaggerated the truth, and claimed he'd committed a lynching. Tension arose and a mob of whites at the courthouse felt obligated to kill him. Fortunately, a few black men came in his defense. Over the course of a day, Greenwood was left in ruins. Over 800 injured, and around 35 died. 
  • We too are people! We want representation and equality, as well!
  •  Our only differences lie on the outside!
  • WE WANT EQUALITY!
  • Unite, to make a colorblind society!
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