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Linda Christensen
Burning Tulsa: The Legacy of Black Dispossession 
By Linda Christensen
Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and author of Teaching for Joy and Justice

Tulsa's African American community is attacked on May 30-June 1, 1921. Photo: Oklahoma Historical Society.
None of my mostly African American 11th graders had ever heard of the so-called Tulsa Race Riot, even though it stands as one of the most violent episodes of dispossession in U.S. history.
The term "race riot" does not adequately describe the events of May 31----June 1, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In fact, the term itself implies that both blacks and whites might be equally to blame for the lawlessness and violence. The historical record documents a sustained and murderous assault on black lives and property. Read more.

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Related resource at the Zinn Education Project website
Burned Out of Homes and History: Unearthing the Silenced Voices of the Tulsa Race Riot. Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. Teaching about patterns of displacement and wealth inequality through the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
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