American President Joe Biden commemorated the Tulsa race massacre in Oklahoma. During the massacre, 300 black men, women and children were killed by a white crowd a hundred years ago. The wave of violence that began on May 31, 1921 and ended on June 1 after almost a full day was one of the most violent outbreaks of racial violence in the US.
Biden was the first incumbent US president to visit the Greenwood district before the commemoration, where the racial violence took place. Greenwood was a flourishing African-American neighborhood a hundred years ago.
Biden spoke in Tulsa to three people who had survived the massacre. “It was a massacre,” he said to Viola Fletcher, Hughes Van Ellis and Lessie Benningfield, survivors from 101 to 107 years old. “There is injustice that is so horrible, so terrible, that it cannot be buried, no matter how much you try.”
According to Biden, the mass murder has remained undiscussed for too long:
“ Hell broke loose,” said Biden, who, in addition to the “massacre”, also spoke of the bombing and destroyed churches. In his speech, he praised the courage of survivors and relatives to tell the traumatic stories.
The President showed an understanding of the pain of the many families for whom justice has failed. Biden also dealt with the role of the racist Ku Klux Klan, with which white politicians and officials spread their hatred against blacks.
In his speech, Biden also referred to the present time. He talked about the discrimination in the US housing market, which he wants to tackle “aggressively”, as well as the income gap that people of colour face. On Tuesday, the White House presented a series of measures to change that.
fact that Biden was the first incumbent president Greenwood, according to US correspondent Ryan Hermelijn, underlined the importance of the commemoration, as he said earlier today.
“ Biden acknowledges the great suffering that has been inflicted on the black inhabitants of Tulsa. He says, “This isn‘t just something of the past.” He links the massacre of a century ago with today’s America and says that institutional racism is still present and must be banned from American society.”