Did you know about Black Walstreet?
The date was June 1, 1921, when "Black Wallstreet," the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving 36-black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering-A model community destroyed, and a major Africa-American economic movement resoundingly defused.
The night's carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead, and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half-dozen private airplanes and even a bus system. As could be expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials, and many other sympathizers. In their self-published book, Black Wallstreet: A lost Dream, and its companion video documentary, Black Wallstreet: A Black Holocaust in America!, the authors have chronicled for the very first time in the words of area historians and elderly survivors what really happened there on that fateful summer day in 1921 and why it happened. Wallace similarly explained to Black Elegance why this bloody event from the turn of the century seems to have had a recurring effect that is being felt in predominately Black neighborhoods even to this day. The best description of Black Wallstreet, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to liken it to a mini-Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans had successful infrastructure. That's what Black Wallstreet was about
- OGUNLv 710 years agoBest Answer
I sure did. Which proves my point the Black people can operator outside the realm of western civilization on our own as a self reliant people. Integration was a tactical move designed to bring up closer to our oppressors so they could control our success. Also Tulsa OK was not the only prosperous segregated predominantly Black city. There were literally hundreds of these cities and most of them came under the same attack. Black people licked their wounds and rebuilt. The crushing blow was when we collectively were convinced that for our protection our best course of action was to co-mingle, integrate and assimilate into the society and culture of our one time oppressors. This was an egregious mistake that we are still paying for today..
Edit: To Marvin the Martian: You are well within your right to disagree with me but your thinking is a prime example of why we have gone in the wrong direction. You among others are absolute convinced that we need White people to survive. Your falacy is that you only see our history as it starts in America. What you may not realize is that we have not only survived but prospered before White people came to the shores of Africa. These people were in awe of us. This is why when they conquered us they destroyed our history and took credit for our acheivements themselves. These people have come last to the game. We are the foundation of civilization. I suggest you get off W.E.B. Dubois' tip and read some Marcus Garvey. Check out Dr. Amos Wilson. Read literature by John Henrik Clarke and John G. Jackson. Read Frantz Fanon. Brotha read things from brothers and sisters with a different perspective that are scholars that know our history..
You speak of Capitalism and Free enterprise. Marcus Garvey we a great proponent of this yet W.E.B. Dubois once he was kick out of the NAACP became a communist. Marcus Garvey opposed Black people joining the Communist party because they would use us as tools for a different White agenda. You ask why we abandoned our Captilist views? It's not because we all of a sudden decided it wasn't working. We were sold on integration and government dependency. We think we have no control over our prosperity. We only prosper because of what someone lets have.
I know it's a bitter pill to swallow but the truth of the matter is we have been led in the wrong direction. If you are a Chirstian and believe in the Bible I give this example. When the Israelites where being oppressed in Egypt they didn't seek to integrate deeper into the society of their oppressors. They chose to leave the land of their oppressor and create their own nation as their god commanded. Whether you believe this is not is irrelevant the logic and wisdom here is with as bad as we have been treated over the centuries it is a foolish endeavor to integrate within your oppressors society, try to gain his respect and admiration and think that you will get as much as he has and have equal power. Yes Barack Obama is the president of the US. However he supports and defends the institutions created by men that didn't consider us human beings when they drafted the constitution and is part of the party that gave birth to the Klan. Hey I'm just stating facts.
So again read some stuff by the aforementioned authors I named. I'm not some Black power, Black nationalist advocate. I feel efforts that goes into fight racism is better served by developing ways that we can become less dependent of those who have oppressed us. I'm not say that we completely disassociate ourselves from them either. What I'm say is we need to take control of ourselves and become a superpower. We need to dictate trade and commerce from a global perspective that ultimately benefits us the most. We need to develop a currency that can go far in the world market. We can not do that depending on other people for our survival.
- KristinLv 44 years ago
BLACK WALLSTREET Please pass this on to the Iota Family. It's an important part of history that every Black person should know, if they don't know already. Ron Wallace: co-author of Black Wallstreet: A Lost Dream Chronicles a little-known chapter of African-American History in Oklahoma as told to Ronald E. Childs. If anyone truly believes that the last April attack on the federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was the most tragic bombing ever to take place on United States soil, as the media has been widely reporting, they're wrong-plain and simple. That's because an even deadlier bomb occurred in that same state nearly 75 years ago. Many people in high places would like to forget that it ever happened. Searching under the heading of "riots," "Oklahoma" and "Tulsa" in current editions of the World Book Encyclopedia, there is conspicuously no mention whatsoever of the Tulsa race riot of 1921, and this omission is by no means a surprise, or a rare case. The fact is, one would also be hard-pressed to find documentation of the incident, let alone an accurate accounting of it, in any other "scholarly" reference or American history book. That's precisely the point that noted author, publisher and orator Ron Wallace, a Tulsa native, sought to make nearly five years ago when he began researching this riot, one of the worst incidents of violence ever visited upon people of African descent. Ultimately joined on the project by colleague Jay Jay Wilson of Los Angeles, the duo found and compiled indisputable evidence of what they now describe as "A Black Holocaust in America." The date was June 1, 1921, when "Black Wallstreet," the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving 36-black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering-A model community destroyed, and a major Africa-American economic movement resoundingly defused. The night's carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead, and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half-dozen private airplanes and even a bus system. As could be expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials, and many other sympathizers. In their self-published book, Black Wallstreet: A lost Dream, and its companion video documentary, Black Wallstreet: A Black Holocaust in America!, the authors have chronicled for the very first time in the words of area historians and elderly survivors what really happened there on The Black Wall Street may refer to: Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the area of northeast Oklahoma around Tulsa, home to several prominent black businessmen Jackson Ward, a thriving African-American business community in Richmond, Virginia Parrish Street, in Durham, North Carolina, an area of successful black-owned businesses The Black Wall Street Records, a record label Disambiguation icon This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.
- TillyLv 510 years ago
This is a real revelation. I did not know about this.
EDIT: Ogun and Marvin you both make compelling points about Black integration or non integration and our progress through trade. It is interesting the direction that companies are now choosing as a means of marketing to the world their 'committment to Africa' through the 'Fairtrade' marking route. I notice that IBM and Sony are not done doing business under this 'charitable' guise. For me this mixture of guilt and repressive marketing is a winning formula. I make a point of not buying anything brandishing the 'Fairtrade 'label. It's fiedish to say the least!
- CasinovaLv 510 years ago
I know about black wallstreet i am a real estate developer and i am in the process with some associates to start a new one soon.Source(s): it's coming just wait on it.
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- Really?Lv 610 years ago
I've heard of Black Wallstreet and it was a tragedy but what, exactly, is the question?
There has always been a black upper class just as there has always been a white one. When you separate society, that creates a need for parallel business: blacks need black doctors, blacks need black stores to shop in, blacks need black lawyers, etc. It doesn't take too much brain power to figure that one out. Further, how do you protect yourself when the cops and the politicians are out there starting fires too?
- 10 years ago
Yes, and its a shame that more young black people dont know about it. The most afluent and wealthy black comunity EVER in America that was completely and utterly destroyed by whites. Needless to say we never had another community like that again.
- 10 years ago
I strongly disagree with OGUN.
The existence of "Black Wall Street" was testimony to the fact that market forces - namely, Capitalism - are not inherently opposed to Black people as what some Black ''community leaders'' would have you believe. Much of the wealth that was within "Black Wall Street" derived from the entrepreneurial spirit that was rife within the area, and it was from this wealth that even the physicians of "Black Wall Street" rivalled their White counterparts. I believe, if memory serves me correct, that the gap between the intellect of a certain Black physician and his White colleagues was so narrow at one point that he became known as the "Great ***** of America", or somewhere along those lines.
The primary reason why no Black Wall Street exists today - either in America, in the UK, or indeed in Africa - is because the entrepreneurial spirit in these respective areas is virtually nonexistent. There are various reasons for this, and to explain them in detail would be laborious. They do, however, point in the direction that many Black communities hitherto have become reliant on aid. The most exemplary of course being the multitude of African nations, where it has become little short of a law to demand aid because it is a "natural right". Coupled with the fact that many African nations are Socialistic in nature - attributing wealth as the "Devil's excrement" - entrepreneurship, which economist Schumpeter regarded as a major motor of social change, is not only nonexistent; it is villified.
OGUN regards the isolation of Black communities as being for the betterment of Black people. I would like to disagree. It is only through the economic integration of Black communities and White communities that Black communities can advance. Africa, for instance, can not export her primary goods to European nations mainly because of restrictions and tariffs, and this has caused widespread hunger within the continent, causing many nations to be extremely dependent on the revenues of oil, which in turn has brought something known as the "resource curse". The law explicated by economist Adam Smith in the 18th century is true as it was then as it is today: Trade between individuals, regions, communities and nations, is mutually beneficial.
''Self-reliance'' in OGUN's sense of the word has never worked. Self-reliance exists today in the deep forests of certain African nations, where tribemembers produce and consume everything for themselves. The advanced technology you see around you is the result of the cooperation of a great number of hands; it is just a shame that in this day of age, very few of those hands are black.
Du Bois, a prominent Black civil rights activist, calls upon "The Talented Tenth" to bring about the social change needed to uplift black communities. It is erroneously thought today that we need more black scientists, more black doctors, more black engineers. This is merely technocratic thinking. "The Talented Tenth" are more likely to be black entrepreneurs, and it is only through black entrepreneurs (like Madame C.J. Walker, for instance) that a REAL change can be brought to not only black communities, but indeed the entire world.
- Anonymous10 years ago
I know about it Jade. Alot of people dont though because its not in history books they give you in school, and its one of those things that some white folks will even dare to claim 'never happened'.
- 10 years ago
Yes, we all know anytime you are becoming rich as/or even richer than white folks they will try they best to bring you back down.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Add it to the long list of their crimes against humanity.Source(s): crackaz are twisted Give OGUN best answer, hes so smart I love him <3