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OKC City Council Adopts Resolution Recognizing And Condemning Tulsa Race Massacre, White Supremacy

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A little over a month before the centennial of the attack, the City Council of Oklahoma City on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing and condemning the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, along with racial violence and ongoing ills caused by white supremacy.

The resolution, put forth by Councilwoman Nikki Nice and Councilman James Cooper, makes a connection between the white supremacy inherent in the motivations behind both the massacre and the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.

The city "[recognizes] Oklahoma City's commitment to acknowledge and learn from the history of white supremacy, racism and racial violence in the United States-including the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing and the Tulsa Race Massacre-as well as to advocate for racial justice and reverse the legacy of white supremacy," the resolution reads. 

"This is where we, as Oklahoma City, can let Tulsa and our country know that we stand with the survivors," Nice said at a Tuesday meeting held virtually.

"My heart is with Tulsa during this time, and fellow Councilwoman Vanessa Hall-Harper as she represents north Tulsa," Nice said.

The resolution also draws a connection between the massacre and a 1920 lynching of a Black man abducted by a mob from the Oklahoma City jail, with the aid of police.

Chris joined Public Radio Tulsa as a news anchor and reporter in April 2020. He’s a graduate of Hunter College and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, both at the City University of New York.
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