Why the Tulsa Massacre Still Matters

The Greenwood district on fire June 1, 1921/Getty

Over three hundred African-Americans were murdered by a white mob one hundred years ago during Memorial Day weekend. Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob burned the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greenwood community to the ground. The event would be covered up and forgotten until recent years.

While the state of Oklahoma began an investigation into the incident in 1996 (they completed the study in 2001)…