“We deserve to be paid something for what happened to us.”:Damn straight, with interest compounded from 1921 — though others may beg to differ.


blockquote>The panel, appointed by the Legislature, said up to 10,000 whites stormed the prosperous Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood, once called the “black Wall Street,” killing at least 40 people and destroying 35 blocks of homes and businesses. But the commission’s call for reparations received a more skeptical response.

Gov. Frank Keating expressed the state’s regrets, calling the events “an unforgivable, unexplainable part of our history,” but stopped short of endorsing reparations. saying what the total package would be, and until we know what we’re being asked to consider, we’re taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude.”

The commission’s report said the amount of reparations was a matter for the Legislature to decide.

If Keating thinks it’s unforgivable and unexplainable, why then is he willing to raise money for (and not personally commit to) a memorial to it? He’s willing to remember the dead, but not to re-member their families. He’s willing to bury survivors and buy off guilty parties with fundraising speeches about the dearly departed. He’s willing to act without explaining, apologizing, redressing or atoning.

It all goes back to one of the first things I put up lo these many moons ago, a quote from Eddie Faye Gates of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission.

“For decades, even in schools here in Tulsa, children can grow up and not know something like this happened in their community. How can we expect them to learn from it and do better if we don’t teach them?”

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