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May 31 and June 1, 1921 were a nightmare for Black residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the Tulsa Massacre, a white mob descended on a large Black neighborhood called Greenwood. It was one of the worst cases of racial violence in our country’s history.
Thirty-five blocks were burned and around 10,000 Black people lost their homes. Historians say nearly 300 Black people were killed by the violence. Property damage was between 50 million and 100 million dollars in today’s currency.
Over the past 100 years, people in Tulsa have been working together to rebuild Greenwood. Survivors of the massacre and Tulsa political leaders have always asked that the damage be repaired.
A group of survivors filed a lawsuit last year seeking reparations from the city of Tulsa and other local government entities.
Ohio State University economics professor Trevon Logan sits down with host Claire Thornton to discuss what reparations could fix for people whose lives were upended by the Tulsa Massacre.
Professor Logan also explains how different historic economic injustices have lingering effects on today's society and our country's overall economic well being.
To read more, visit reparations.usatoday.com
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