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The history of the massacre in the area, which was known as “Black Wall Street,” spotlights the formation of an affluent Black community and the gruesome events that destroyed it.
In 1921, a white mob attacked a predominantly Black area in Tulsa, killing hundreds of people and destroying the country’s wealthiest African American community. Its abrupt demise and similar incidents around the country during that period played a role in widening the racial wealth divide, experts say.
Part of what enraged critics, Trump had planned to speak to supporters June 19, or Juneteenth, known as Emancipation Day – the date in 1865 when a Union general traveled to Galveston, Texas, to read President Abraham Lincoln’s orders freeing the slaves.
“This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists – he’s throwing them a welcome home party,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted Thursday. Trump will hold the rally one day later, on Saturday.