This weekend, Tulsa commemorates the centennial of the brutal massacre that rocked the city.

The Fight for Tulsa’s Soul

A Jewish billionaire, a Southern preacher, and the side of Tulsa no one is talking about

The Bloomberg of Tulsa, billionaire philanthropist George Kaiser.

Same, but Different

While Kaiser has used his money to back projects that help the city’s poor and underserved, a large percentage of whom are Black or Hispanic, through the George Kaiser Family Foundation (G.K.F.F.) and the Tulsa Community Foundation (T.C.F.), Turner and his followers have taken to the streets to push for reparations for the events of 1921.

The Reverend Robert Turner holds the remains of Ed Lockard, a victim of the Tulsa Massacre and member of the church that Turner now helms.
At 106 years old, Lessie Benningfield Randle is one of the last living survivors of the massacre. She is calling for reparations for survivors and their families.

Changing the Game

Reparations, at least in the rest of the country, are gaining traction. In 1994, then Florida governor Lawton Chiles signed a bill granting survivors of the 1923 Rosewood Massacre $2.1 million. And earlier this year, the city of Evanston, Illinois, pledged $25,000 to 16 households as part of a $10 million resolution to address discriminatory housing policies in the Chicago area from 1919 to 1969.

Tulsa mayor G. T. Bynum has done more to solve Tulsa’s race problem than any other mayor, yet he does not support reparations.
Reverend Turner leads a march for reparations in Tulsa.

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