No blacks who survived the massacre or their relatives were compensated in return. Insurance companies declined the most Claims of black victims worth more than $ 27 million with today’s money. About 10,000 residents of the municipality became homeless.
“I urge the American people to reflect on the deep roots of racist terror in our nation and to re-commit to work to eradicate systemic racism across our country,” Biden said in Monday’s proclamation committed to eradicating systemic racism from politics, laws and hearts.
In the proclamation, Biden also called on the federal government to “calculate and recognize” as they “Stripp”[ed] Wealth and opportunity from black communities. ”He said his administration was“ obliged to recognize ”how federal policies affected Greenwood, in particular.
The president said laws and guidelines made recovery from the massacre “nearly impossible,” including building federal highways that divided the community and federal involvement in redlining.
Biden also pledged that his government would tackle racial inequalities in a variety of ways, including infrastructure, environmental justice, funding for businesses in “economically disadvantaged” regions, and especially for minority-owned businesses.
On Tuesday, Biden will visit Tulsa, where he will give a speech about the massacre and meet with survivors.
Oklahoma became embroiled in a culture war over education and race with a new GOP-sponsored state law prohibiting teachers from teaching subjects based on race or gender.
Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, has said the new law will not ban teaching about the massacre, but Democrat Senator Kevin Matthews has called the law “an affront to blacks.”
Republicans across the country have opposed the doctrine of critical racial theory, and many states have chosen to ban them from classrooms. Critics of such legislation have said that it would prevent schools from properly teaching and discussing issues such as diversity and equity.
The centenary comes just over a year after the nation suffered reckoning after the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Racism called “serious threat to public health health“, With CDC Director Rochelle Walensky pointing to” severe “and” unacceptable “inequalities in health outcomes across racial and ethnic boundaries.