The Effects Of The Tulsa Race Riots

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Although there have been many efforts and legislations passed to end racial disputes, none have truly passed the test, as racial altercations have been an issue since the 1800’s and continues to still be a problem today. Honorable individuals such as Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, and even Rosa Parks, just to name a few, have all done their parts in trying to raise awareness to end racism in the states. One of the more prestigious racial riots is the one that blew up in Ferguson, Missouri, after a young black man, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer after he stole from a convenience store and appeared to have posed a threat to the officer as he approached. Even after all attempts to end racism from the 1800’s to the …show more content…
The riot happened because a black man named Dick Rowland was riding in the elevator of a building and the operator, a white woman named Sarah Paige, claimed that Dick harassed her by grabbing her arm, thus resulting in the arrest of Dick and release of an inflammatory report into the May 31st edition of the Tulsa tribune. Following the arrest and report, a chaotic confrontation between blacks and whites transpired in front of the city courthouse. The sheriff enlisted specific officers to protect Rowland and they were also assisted by several armed black men. The black men retreated into a neighborhood referred to as “Greenwood,” and were followed by the white group who burnt and looted buildings on their way through. In the end, many shots were fired, six thousand blacks were imprisoned, approximately 1,250 houses were burnt to the ground, several hundred people had to be treated for injuries, and over three hundred lives were …show more content…
On August 9, 2015, a black man, Michael Brown, was caught robbing a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri. When police reached his location, Officer Darren Wilson stated that Michael Brown assaulted him and reached for the police officers gun, so the officer shot and killed the black teenager. People throughout the town automatically assumed the officer shot because he was a racist, when it was just an act of self-defense. Following the death of Brown, his family attempted to press vast amounts of charges on the officer and police department, and when they didn’t go through, blacks throughout the town rioted, throwing tear gas, handheld exploding devices, and shooting firearms in response to the killing of Brown resulting in thirteen people having major injuries and no deaths the night of the violence. As the riot progressed, the final count was twenty-one people seriously injured, two dying of shrapnel from the fight, and twenty-five buildings looted and burnt to the

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