The Domestic Terrorism on Black Wall Street

O.W. Gurley, a wealthy African American land-owner from Arkansa moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1906, where he purchased 40 acres of land which was “only to be sold to colored”. Black ownership was unheard of at that time.

Many people considered Tulsa to be two separate cities rather than one city of united communities. The white residents of Tulsa referred to the area north of the Frisco railroad tracks as “Little Africa” and other derogatory names. This community later acquired the name Greenwood and by 1921 it was home to about 10,000 black American men, women, and children.

The citizens of Greenwood took pride in this fact because they did not have to share with the white community of Tulsa. Greenwood Avenue was home to the black American commercial district with many red brick buildings. These buildings belonged to black Americans and they were thriving businesses, including grocery stores, banks, libraries, and much more. Greenwood was one of the most affluent communities and it became known as “Black Wall Street.”

In 1921 group of KKK burned down the black community of Tusca, Oklahoma to the ground. It was the wealthiest black community in the “United States”,know as “Black Wall Street”.Fire bombs where dropped from airplanes and over 300+ were killed. The massacre was not acknowledged in state history records until 1996 so it wouldn't be remembered. Many blacks don't know about this history. A powerful community that could have grown much larger. But how could they let this black community grow so large before destroying it? This is the first plane related terrorist attacks on Americans and race riot, resulting in hundreds of deaths not remembered like 9/11 is though.

But why can't black people build and support each other today? It may be because of desegregation, that blacks want to be accepted in the community with the whites because its been know that some people want things they're told they can't have. Or because the hate that we display towards one another because someone else might be succeeding better than us. Why can't we support each other like they did in Greenwood, Tusca,Oklahoma in the early 20th Centery