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April 15, 2012


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Stephanie Farrior

In 2007 a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) was submitted on behalf of survivors of the Tulsa race riots by Charles Ogletree and Gay McDougall/Global Rights. This webpage provides information and a link to the petition:

They argued that the survivors continued to suffer from the denial of the right to an effective remedy and their right to equality before the law. Their follow-up Response Submission to the IACHR is available here:

You can watch the video of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing on the case here:

I also recommend the powerful documentary about the Tulsa race riot survivors, "Before They Die." Survivor Otis Clark was 104 years old and still seeking justice when he attended the Inter-American Commission hearing.

This slide show is also well worth watching:

Stephanie Farrior

P.S. In case some readers didn't click the link -- the phrase "destruction of the dreamland" in the blog post links to an important book on the subject:

Patrick S. O'Donnell

So, what we have here, in a conventional and extended literal sense, is an attempt to whitewash history.

Patrick S. O'Donnell

I should have said: "a feeble attempt to...."

Juan Perea

Dear Al,
thanks for setting the record straight regarding the violence in Tulsa in 1921. Your book, Reconstructing the Dreamland, the Tulsa Riot of 1921, is an unflinching account of these events and I recommend it to the readership. It is so important to contest distorted accounts of where responsibility for such violence lies.

Alfred Brophy

Thanks for the kind words, Juan, I really appreciate them.

A Facebook User

A motivated misreading on the Daily Oklahoman's editorial page? You don't say.

Perhaps the only good thing about the collapse of the newspaper industry in this country is that it appears to be taking down the DOK, just like everyone else.


Perhaps, the daily oklahoman was voted America's worst paper for a reason.

Tamara Piety

Al - Good for your for calling this out. I have been distressed by some of the commentary by readers on the Tulsa World's coverage of this story. Sadly I don't think you can trust that the editorial board of the Daily Oklahoman *do* know much about what happened here in 1921. We just had Jennifer Eberhardt of Stanford psychology come do the Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights lecture talking about her work on stereotypes and unconscious bias and the way vicious imagery and racist memes continue to infect the culture. I gave her a mini-tour of Tulsa around Greenwood but I sure wish I could have had your insights. We recently dug up Buck Colbert Franklin's autobiography edited by John Hope Franklin and John Whittington Franklin. I just started reading it. It is really moving. Got to get yours next.

Tamara Piety

Stephanie thanks for posting all those links. I was here for the movie's showing in Tulsa. Very moving. The time is overdue for an official apology I think.

Alfred Brophy

Thanks for the kind words, Tamara. It never ceases to surprise me the scope of the Tulsa tragedy and how long a shadow it -- and Jim Crow more generally -- casts over our nation's history.

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