Pelosi Statement on 100 Years Since the Tulsa Race Massacre
May 31, 2021
Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking 100 years since the start of the Tulsa Race Massacre:
“Today is a day of profoundly solemn commemoration, as our nation marks one hundred years since the start of the Tulsa Race Massacre. A century ago, the Black community in Greenwood suffered one of the most brutal and senseless campaigns of racial violence in American history, targeted because of their commitment to pursuing their American Dream. Compounding the cruelty, the truth of this horrific act – hundreds murdered and injured, homes and businesses destroyed, generational wealth erased – is too often ignored and overlooked, allowing ignorance and bigotry to persist.
“Thanks to Congressman Hank Johnson’s leadership on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s resolution to commemorate the Massacre, the House is fighting to ensure that our nation does not look away from this dark chapter in our history. We were grateful that courageous survivors Viola Ford Fletcher, Hughes Van Ellis and Lessie Benningfield Randle testified before Congress earlier this month to share their heartbreaking stories from that tragic day.
“President Biden and the Democratic Congress are united in our strong condemnation of this heinous Massacre and all appalling acts of bigotry and violence against the Black community. Our nation’s fight against systemic racism and racial violence continues today with a renewed sense of urgency, sparked by the murder of George Floyd and so many others subjected to police brutality. As we fight to enact the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, we will not relent in our urgent work to advance justice, peace and prosperity for all – and we keep the memory of those murdered in Tulsa, and all those we have lost to racial violence, in our hearts.”
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