Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dewey Speaks: Mayor Bartlett Talks to NPR about Tulsa's Troubled Racial History

The Good Friday murders of three African Americans put Tulsa in the national headlines recently, but not in a good way.

Not only were the shootings horrific in their own right, but they also reminded people of Tulsa's troubled racial history, especially the infamous 1921 race riot that destroyed the city's Greenwood District, home to many blacks.

The folks at NPR's Morning Edition followed up on all of this in an interview this morning with Mayor Dewy Bartlett. It's worth a listen.

Mayor Bartlett works hard to explain how the city has changed over the decades. The interview also includes commentary by Scott Ellsworth, who has written a history of the race riot, and even mentions our friend Michael Mason, editor of This Land.

To listen to the interview, click here.

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