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Joe Biden traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday, where nearly 300 black Americans were killed by a white mob 100 years ago. “It was not a riot. It was a massacre,” said the President of the United States.
Joe biden became, Tuesday 1er June, the first sitting president to visit the massacre of hundreds of black Americans by white mob in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, one hundred years ago, one of the worst chapters in the history of racial violence in the United States.
“The events we are talking about took place 100 years ago, and yet I am the first president in 100 years to come to Tulsa,” said the Democrat, saying he wanted to “expose the truth”. “I have come here to help break the silence. For in the silence the wounds deepen.”
“My dear compatriots, it was not a riot. It was a massacre, and one of the worst in our history. But not the only one,” he added.
Before his public address, the current Democratic tenant of the White House spoke with a handful of survivors from the Greenwood community.
May 31 and 1er June 1921, white residents killed nearly 300 blacks, burned and looted homes and businesses, devastating a thriving African-American community after a white woman accused a black man of assault, an allegation that never came to light. been proven.
The thorny question of reparations
Now between 101 and 107 years old, the survivors have demanded “justice” from the US Congress and are among the plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit in order to obtain measures, including a compensation fund for victims.
“Talking about the Tulsa massacre is opening a Pandora’s box”, explained Tuesday on France 24 Ellen Kountz, professor at Inseec Paris. “Because this story raises the question of reparation, compensation for survivors and descendants.”
At the time, insurance companies had not covered the damage and no one had been charged for the attacks.
Tuesday morning, the Biden administration announced economic aid measures for the African-American population, supposed to facilitate in particular their acquisition of the property or the creation of businesses, points considered crucial in the black community of Tulsa.
An “unprecedented” attack on the suffrage of African Americans
During his speech, the American president also denounced the “absolutely unprecedented” attacks against the right to vote of African Americans through laws restricting access to the ballot box in some conservative states.
“This sacred right is under attack with an intensity that I have never seen,” said the Democrat, promising to “fight” for an electoral law supposed to protect access to the polls to be passed in June by Congress. Speaking of the discrimination still suffered by African Americans in the United States, he stressed that the right to vote, “the most basic right”, was under “an absolutely unprecedented attack”.
With AFP and Reuters