Requiem for the Massacre: A Black History on the Conflict, Hope & Fallout of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by
Call Number: F 704 .T92 Y68 2022
Publication Date: 2022
More than 100 years ago, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, perpetrated a massacre against its Black residents. For generations, the true story was ignored, covered up, and diminished by those in power and in a position to preserve the status quo. Blending memoir and immersive journalism, author R. J. Young shows how, today, Tulsa combats its racist past while remaining all too tolerant of racial injustice. This book is a cultural excavation of Tulsa 100 years after one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. Young focuses on unearthing the narrative surrounding the previously all-Black Greenwood district, while challenging an apocryphal narrative that includes so-called Black Wall Street, Booker T. Washington, and Black exceptionalism. Young provides a firsthand account of the centennial events commemorating Tulsa's darkest day, as the city attempts to reckon with its self-image, commercialization of its atrocity, and the aftermath of the massacre, that shows how things have changed -- and how they have stayed woefully the same.