CGTN AMERICA: The Impact of Deep-Rooted Racism In Tulsa

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Community members spoke openly with our CGTN America crews as hate crimes started to raise concerns in the Asian community in this country yet again.

Residents in Tulsa recalls the history of the “Black Wall Street”, and they say the pains and deep-rooted racism remain a century after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Activist Nick Bezel told our reporter Liu, “So they always want to have the image that everything is great. Everything is perfect, and it’s not. And they don’t want the outside world to see that.”

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CGTN America releases “The Impact of Deep-rooted Racism in Tulsa”

CGTN America continues to track an issue that polls show many in America would rather not.

Forget ‘all men are created equal’ or even ‘forgive and forget’ - the saying in Tulsa for nearly a century has been ‘sweeping it under the rug’.

CGTN America reporter Liu Xiaqian has been speaking to Tulsa resident including Tiffany Crutcher. She remember going off to college where kids from other cities knew more about her cities’ history than she did.

“I was embarrassed and I went home and said, “Dad, what are they talking about?”

These days they might be talking about a new museum in town.

The community is putting the final touches on a new Greenwood Rising Museum. They’re hoping it will make it impossible to hide the truth of what happened to Greenwood and the Black Wall Street ever again. Some not there were 30 other massacres in those years.

Activist Nick Bezel told our reporter Liu, “So they always want to have the image that everything is great. Everything is perfect, and it’s not. And they don’t want the outside world to see that.”

Community members spoke openly with our CGTN America crews as hate crimes started to raise concerns in the Asian community in this country yet again.

Tulsa is not the only place people are talking. Last week one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Tom Hanks, wrote an editorial decrying how many US schools still don’t teach much about Tulsa have been “placing White feelings over Black lives.”

Black community leaders tell our reporters that nationwide protests didn’t translate into new racial policy. Meanwhile, in Tulsa our reporter heard how quickly authorities white washed all Black Lives Matter themed slogans and murals on walls. But with the new museum about to open next month, the truth will be on display.

Reported by Liu Xiaoqian

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