Greenwood, Tulsa

I never learned about this in primary school, high school, college or university.

Somehow I must have missed the commemorative stories in the media, the laying of wreaths and the flowery, pious  speeches of sorrow and shame.

Where are the memories, the diaries, the dedications, movies and documentaries?  How is it that in this country I alone have remained ignorant?

Is it too late to weep and mourn — to write eulogies and beg forgiveness?

No, it is never too late to become aware, pray and weep.  Although I never knew, I know now.

I will share what I have learned.

We light a candle and pass it forward.  It is not enough, but it is a beginning.

                 Greenwood, Tulsa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Country

United States

State

Oklahoma

County

Tulsa County

City

Tulsa

Greenwood is a neighborhood in TulsaOklahoma. As one of the most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century, it was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which white residents massacred hundreds of black residents and razed the neighborhood within hours.

The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community.

Within five years after the massacre, surviving residents who chose to remain in Tulsa rebuilt much of the district. They accomplished this despite the opposition of many white Tulsa political and business leaders and punitive rezoning laws enacted to prevent reconstruction.

It resumed being a vital black community until segregation was overturned by the Federal Government during the 1950s and 1960s. Desegregation encouraged blacks to live and shop elsewhere in the city, causing Greenwood to lose much of its original vitality. Since then, city leaders have attempted to encourage other economic development activity nearby.

Animal Farm

Since the 2016 elections there has been renewed interest in reading the novel 1984, by English author, George Orwell.  Some people seem to think this important work, published in 1949, is actually a prediction of where our society is currently headed. 

While I have always enjoyed reading 1984, I believe another great work of Orwell’s is more germane.

Animal Farm, is an allegorical novella of a society that loses its way, following the leadership of a dishonest, con-man politician.  This society evolves into a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality enforced by a reign of terror.

Yet, while we are facing a somewhat similar situation today, I don’t believe Orwell was psychic.

The author wrote this book, he said, because he was a was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism.

Animal Farm merely proves that history has a remarkable habit of repeating itself.

It is, therefore, our responsibility to learn the lessons history teaches so as to avoid the pitfalls of the past.

Perhaps someday we will get it right.

We Shall Not Heed The Servants of Tyranny

Senator Mitch McConnell tried to silence her, insisting she not deliver the truth to her peers in the Senate. Forgetting himself, the senator from Kentucky spoke disrespectfully, by ordering her to sit down and be silent — as if she were a naughty child and not a full-fledged member of the Senate of the United States.  

Elizabeth Warren is not easily dismissed. Although not permitted to speak before the members of the United Sates Senate, Senator Elizabeth Warren of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, instead delivered her message to millions, maybe billions of American citizens, who understood that truth cannot be silenced by Mr. McConnell, or any other servant of tyranny.

Advice To A Budding Kleptocrat

“A would-be kleptocrat is actually better served by spreading cynicism than by deceiving followers with false beliefs: Believers can be disillusioned; people who expect to hear only lies can hardly complain when a lie is exposed.”

                            —  David Frum   The Atlantic

 

A Simple Protest

Having read that some people planned to ignore television coverage of the Inauguration, I realized it would be an effective form of protest, and It is exactly what I now plan to do. At first my plan to boycott televised coverage was just a private thing between me and my conscience, but I have since reconsidered. How much more effective the protest would be with hundreds or maybe even hundreds of thousands taking part! What do you think? Can we do it?  Only if we try.

The only good thing about Donald Trump

The only good thing about Donald Trump is that you don’t have to go anywhere special, looking to find reasons to dislike him; the candidate comes right into your home in full living color and clear stereo sound on TV.

From the beginning the Republican candidate has been open and generous with his words and expressions of hatred and bigotry. It doesn’t take long to learn everything you need to know about him. He always takes great pains to be explicit when he speaks because, as he has said, his followers are not very bright; so, his speeches are bombastic and entertaining.

There is no way anyone can be falsely steered away from his “true vision” for the United Sates because, he has not given his listeners and followers anything other than a clear vision of fascism with him as head of state. If this floats your boat, then exercise your right to vote for him. But please, don’t try to insult anyone’s intelligence by saying we don’t understand “his vision.”