It’s amazing how history repeats itself. Even in 2020, African Americans still have to look over their shoulders. Going to school and getting a degree doesn’t mean anything. The problem is that so many people can’t get passed that blacks are educated. Why is this still an issue? How can we get over this mountain? I believe it’s as high as mountain Chimborazo. This is the tallest mountain above the earth’s center located in Ecuador. We are in 2020 and still wondering why?
We can have successful businesses and careers at corporations, but we just can’t get passed the history of blacks should be ignorant. Just look at the eight years we had the pleasure of having a black President & First Lady in the White House. No drama, scandals, misuse of power, or anything. There were a lot of people (even millionaires) that tried to find something he did wrong. This proves that it does not matter the level of education.
Just like Black Wallstreet, blacks just wanted a chance to live and enjoy life. The opportunity to own land was very attractive.
Gurley and Stradford laid the groundwork for what would become known as Black Wall Street by purchasing undeveloped land in Tulsa and building commercial spaces and housing. The boom of the oil & gas industry soon became known as the oil capital of the world. The residents of Greenwood worked as doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Many made a stable middle-class living as domestic workers in the homes of rich white Tulsans.
Blacks moved to Oklahoma because it was known as “The Promise Land.” This was the place to go to have a more relaxed life without looking you’re your shoulder every time you walk down the street. Whites were very uncomfortable with Greenwood’s economic success. During the Tulsa Race Massacre (also known as the Tulsa Race Riot), occurred for hours on May 31-June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes, and businesses in black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in history, and one of the least-known incidents mentioned, despite that hundreds of people were killed and thousands left homeless.
How familiar does this sound in 2020? People lose their jobs simply because they can do a job better than their white colleagues. Color should not matter in today’s world, but it does. The only that should matter is if you are qualified to do the job on time.
Today, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission remains to keep the story alive. The commission still works to empower and assist Greenwood’s community of black entrepreneurs.
“Right now in the Greenwood district, there are a few black-owned businesses, but nothing like it was back in the day. One of the main goals of the commission is to “not only talk about African-American entrepreneurship but seek programs and funding to bring entrepreneurs to the Greenwood district,” by working alongside people in the community doing similar work.
Last summer, the commission hosted 40 Oklahoma teachers for a four-day intensive course on the massacre. They’ve also created lesson plans and other resources for educators.
We are making significant strides to try and make sure that’s not the case going forward. We want to applaud the teachers who have continued to teach this curriculum.
We should do a better job sharing the history and the African-American men and women, who were very brilliant and very innovative, built businesses from the ground up. Despite the devastation of the massacre, they rebuilt. People in the Greenwood district was able to overcome and continue to survive and thrive.”
Take notice in your community and help rebuild. It’s time for African Americans to stop listening to the naysayers and do what you were born today. We are all born with a gift, and it is up to us to use that gift. Surround yourself with people that want to make the change.
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