As part of the oil boom in 1910 and the fact that blacks wanted to be in charge of their own neighborhoods and Businesses. There was a town in Tulsa Okla. called Greenwood which became known as Black Wall Street. Over time they built a variety of thriving businesses like grocery stores,clothing stores,barbershops,banks hotels,cafes,movie theaters ,two newspapers,which led to upper middle class living for most residents.( The black dollar would stay in the neighbor hood for 12 months being recycled by blacks to blacks. In 2016 the Black dollar stays in the community for 30 minutes before it ends up in the hands of another race besides our own)....It was the same story jealous whites used time and time again that some black man raped a white woman to escalate their hatred of black success and business ownership ...On June 1st 1921 Black Wall Street was looted firebombed from the air and burnt to the ground by white looters......300+ dead .....35 city blocks burnt to ashes...Women and children dead beaten to death....NO ARREST AT ALL......But somehow the American Encyclopedia of the time failed to mention this American Atrocity in its books....Maybe it was not news worthy at the time so thats why i write this blog,.....SO WE WONT FORGET AND LEARN FROM THIS!!!!
ATLANTA RACE RIOT 1906
Right as the civil war ended blacks in Atlanta were starting their own businesses and buying property. During the race for the democratic nomination for governor of Ga. in 1906 tensions flared between two competing newspaper publishers...M.Hoke Smith was a publisher with the Atlanta Journal and Clark Howell was an editor with the Atlanta Constitution...Both white men were scared of black business and ownership and both men had access to white males through the newspapers..So they published a story of the rape of a white woman by black men which were not true but it stirred up poor white men with hatred and violence..On Sept 22 1906 10,000 white men descended on black neighbor hoods and began beating and stabbing blacks to death...Over 40 + blacks ESTIMATED dead....Businesses destroyed!! NO ARREST AT ALL!!!!
By 1900 the population of Rosewood was 95% black..Most farmed or worked local businesses.By 1920 due to hard work and supporting each other ....Rosewood had 3 churches,a school,turpentine mill,sugarcane mill,baseball team and a general store....Once again the accusation of a white woman getting raped by a blackman worked the whites into a frenzy of hate....Already jealous of the success of Rosewood whites did what they did best...Destroyed everything in Rosewood and the brutal killing of innocent blacks wherever they found them...Most blacks had to run and hide in the swamps....NO ARREST EVER MADE AND SOME SAY LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS WITH THE RIOTERS..The town was abandoned by blacks and no one ever returned......There were more BLACK Wall Streets through out America......PARRISH STREET DURHAM NC.......JACKSON WARD RICHMOND VA.... We have proven over the years that IF WE SUPPORT EACH OTHERS BUSINESSES.in time we can build great communities where we are home schooling our kids..We would own our own schools and hospitals...our own farmland to grow our foods ...Banks...and so on..WE HAVE THE BLUEPRINT..WE HAVE THE EXAMPLES OF HOW TO DO IT.....WHAT WE DO NOW IS UP TO US!!!!
RODNEY CRAWFORD JR.