None of the blacks who survived the massacre or their relatives received any compensation in return. Insurance companies have denied most of the black victim’s claims, which were worth more than $ 27 million in today’s money. About 10,000 residents of the community were left homeless.
“I call on the American people to reflect on the deep roots of racial terror in our nation and to re-engage in the work of eradicating systemic racism across our country,” Biden said in the proclamation Monday, in which he said. ‘is committed to working to eradicate systemic racism from politics, laws and hearts.
In the proclamation, Biden also called on the federal government to “count and recognize” how he “scoured[ed] the wealth and opportunities of black communities. He said his administration was “committed to recognizing” how federal politics affected Greenwood in particular.
The president said laws and policies made recovery from the massacre “nearly impossible,” including the construction of a federal highway dividing the community and federal involvement in the redlining.
Biden also pledged that his administration would tackle racial inequalities in a number of ways, including infrastructure, environmental justice, funds for businesses in “economically disadvantaged” regions, and especially for companies owned by companies. minorities.
Biden is expected to travel to Tulsa on Tuesday, where he will deliver a speech on the massacre and meet with survivors.
Oklahoma has been caught in a culture war over education and race, with a new GOP-backed state law that will ban teachers from teaching subjects that cause anyone to “feel discomfort, of guilt, anxiety or any other form of psychological distress’ race or gender.
Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, said the new law would not ban education about the massacre, but State Senator Kevin Matthews, a Democrat, called the law “an affront to black people.” .
Republicans across the country have opposed teaching critical race theory, with many states banning it in classrooms. Critics of such legislation said it would prevent schools from properly teaching and discussing topics such as diversity and equity.
The centennial comes just over a year after the nation faced trial after the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis policeman. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed racism a “serious threat to public healthWith CDC Director Rochelle Walensky highlighting “serious” and “unacceptable” inequalities in health outcomes across racial and ethnic lines.