This paper will examine the 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma Race Massacre, History of Black Lives Matter movement, and murder of George Floyd to illustrate the essence and challenges of learning these topics and how they strengthen the importance of liberation struggle. Revealing stories learned from the creation of the Black Wall Street indicates the pooling of resources and building of wealth amidst discrimination from Jim Crow (Clark 1). The migration of the African Americans to Tusla lead to a thriving community. The Tulsa Race massacre incepted a movement that was steered by the murder of Floyd into racially motivated violence against black people.
The 1921 Tulsa race massacre led to the burning of the wealthiest black community. Witnessed Loss of human life. They resulted in the birth of undeniable economic injustice to the thriving black entrepreneurial business. Greenwood town was turned into smoldering ashes in hours by the white mob. Looting took place in both homes and businesses, with countless black people killed (Li 1). The killings of the black people received scant mentions in media and were actively covered up by the white community living in Tusla. Deliberate shifting of the massacre was done by city officials who chanted the massacre as mere riots and hid the blood baths. The killings are triggered by a white newspaper, the Tribune, which falsely accuses an Ayoung black man Rowland, of assault and rape. Rowland, who had stumbled in an elevator and touched a white teenager, Pace, by mistake, ignites the fire that is looked by a blind eye by the police. The aftermath of the black massacre was a decline in ownership of homes and occupational status, as reported by Albright of Harvard university in his study (Ali 4).
Tulsa race massacre gives the historical greenwood as the Black Wall Street of the day. It challenges readers to be aware of the results of racism and its avoidance. The learning of a white mob destroying a prosperous black community is heartbreaking as it sends the reader to ask themselves the whereabouts of the Survivors, impacts the events had on them emotionally and financially through property loss. There is a call against discrimination, leading to undeniable social justice for the groups affected. Therefore it’s evident that even though there might not be enough evidence to conclude on the occurrence of events, the reader is positively encouraged to commit to a positive change to prevent history from recurring.
The history of the Black Lives Matter movement revolves around racially motivated violence against African Americans. The campaign calls for change in policies that are considered related to the liberation of the blacks. The Killing of Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old black young man by Geroge Zimmerman, a white who considers Martin suspicious, is marked with protests. The media outraged a narrative that ended up putting martin, a victim and dead, on trial. The acquittal of Zimmerman in the shooting of martin spikes protest that results in the movement( Robinson 1). Series of policy reforms are also witnessed when Micheal brown is shot by officer Wilson and still ends up giving a testimony that differed from the eyewitness accounts. Brown’s bond being found 30 feet away from officer Wilson’s body with no gunpowder on his powder suggested the racial implications that made officer Wilson assume he was already armed just because Micheal Brown was black (Johnson 2). The creation of awareness on the mistreatment of black Americans has been popularized in both domestic and international standards. The committee tasked with eliminating discrimination against race by the united nation published recommendations on racial injustices, mainly the killing of Michael Brown and George Zimmerman’s trial (Robinson 7).
The significance of the History of Black Lives Matter movement examines criminal justice policies and reforms. The creation of the campaign gives a ray of hope that can achieve a just and society based on integrity even amidst corruption. The protest against episodes of police brutality calls on the power of people to bring reforms and change to a system. Challenges encountered in such events are extensive property loss, loss of lives, and theft as people combat authority. However, minor shortcomings, the study of such history enables the reader to commit to positive changes and avoid oppression and discrimination because of their ranks or position.
The murder of George Floyd steers worldwide Black Lives Matter campaigns and the call for policy reforms. An international outcry was sparked by the video of George Floyd that circulated the globe. Peaceful demonstrations turned violent as people increased to support the Black Lives Matter campaign. Symbols and Statues that symbolize racial injustices in other parts of the world were vandalized. The Belgian King Leopold II to Edward Colston were all taken down (Floyd Invites Black Lives Matter 1). The world outrage brought by the video of George Floyd was a wake-up call to the injustices and intolerance the majority of Blacks faced, thus the need for racial protest. The trial of Chauvin and his colleagues was justice for Floyd and the whole world who shared experience. The world civil protests were a call against police’s use of force and racial violence that was motivated against black people across the whole globe. Elcott suggested that the protest was the beginning of the unusual call for positive reforms by the masses. Law enforcement still drags behind, and slight changes are made, but there is hope that this is just the start of a revolution.
The importance of the death of George Floyd in igniting the Black Lives Matter campaigns worldwide is that it resurfaces hope for change. It gives people courage and strength to stand against all acts of violence and call for reforms on behalf of others. People are eager to liberate themselves from police brutality for the first time. Numerous challenges encountered in such an event are that the peaceful demonstrations turn into violence; thus, a few properties and lives are lost. However, despite the obstacles, people remain committed to positive changes and embrace freedom. The problem might be standing, but the police will be equipped with skills to help them interact beyond the race with proper training.
In conclusion, the analysis of the Tulsa, Oklahoma race massacre was an unfruitful event that needs to be taken into account to prevent such a scenario from occurring. However, from the history of the Black Lives Matter Movement, it is evident that history repeats, and with the murder of George Floyd sparking a revolution of change with hope for a better future. It is, therefore, a collective responsibility to carry out criminal justice reforms, call against reoccurrences of the police’s use of force, their brutal nature, and racial violence, which seems motivated against African Americans and the black people in general. For it is with such struggles that we reinforce our journey to liberation.
Stacy Jenkins-Robinson, Black Lives Matter: The Movement’s Relevance and Comparison to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
Old Dominion University