After the end of World War I, a situation of anti-black racism spread through the United States. Black soldiers who defended the nation were treated with scorn by racist whites, racial tensions were strong, black Americans who relocated to cities in the North were treated with discrimination, as were colored plantation owners in the South. Ethnic violence threatening colored people exploded across the US in that Red Summer.
This was critical information for those Tulsa shooting, which was triggered when a black teenager was arrested for assaulting a white woman operator. Outside the jail where he was being detained, a white mob assembled, and colored men also protested outside to sought to defend him from being beaten up. From there, stuff diminished. White people broke into shops to pick up weapons and ammunition, there were stories of downtown robbery plus clumsy shootings.
There was an attempt to diminish it after that abuse ended. Records of it have vanished, and not much has been discussed at all for decades, nor has it existed in history books. Whites were getting on with their lives, and Blacks were struggling to bring their homes back up. As the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum states, at any point of the massacre, no heinous crime was then or ever investigated or sanctioned by the authorities. That’s partially the reason why there’s actually a lot we are never going to know about it, what happened to the casualties, exactly how many were injured or died. Even where the remains of those murdered are located, there was an ongoing campaign to try to find out.
The history of the shooting in Tulsa came at a particularly horrific moment that troubled black Americans intensely. A 46-year-old black person was murdered during an encounter when he was held to his neck with a knee by a policeman for minutes, even after he protested that he could not breathe. In a decade’s tradition of anti-black brutality, that death was the current violence that continued throughout the demonstrations.
Worsening the situation is President Trump, who wanted to conduct his first political rally in Tulsa for months. Initially, the rally was expected to be held a day that’s traditionally a recognition of empowerment to all people of color in America. The campaign argued that the choice on that day to stage the rally on that location was a coincidence. The rally was finally relocated as people had complained and demonstrations were still going on.