America lost its Black Wall Street in the Tulsa Massacre. Can the Bay Area recreate it?
Growing up in a black family that lived in the south, I heard stories about the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa known as “Black Wall Street”.
This week marks the centenary of the district’s destruction in the Tulsa Race Massacre – one of the worst incidents of racial terrorism in America. For two days, a white mob indiscriminately shot down blacks in the street and used planes to drop dynamite on buildings in Greenwood. According to a 2001 report by an Oklahoma commission, about 300 people were killed, 1,200 homes were set on fire, and at least 60 businesses, including a school and hospital, were turned into rubble.