Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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The House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the centennial of the Tulsa race massacre.

Watch the hearing in the video player above.

Lawmakers heard from Tulsa race massacre survivors Viola Fletcher, Hughes Van Ellis, and Lessie Benningfield Randle; massacre descendant and Oklahoma State Rep. Regina Goodwin, in addition to other testimony.

In 1921, the “proud, rich, black” community in Tulsa suffered a brutal massacre — up to 300 black Tulsans were murdered by white residents, and a thriving neighborhood of that Oklahoma city burned to the ground.

What made the 35-square-block Greenwood District stand out was also what made it the target of the violent attack: black prosperity was seen as a threat to white supremacy.

READ MORE: What happened 99 years ago in the Tulsa Race Massacre

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