Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Spurs Small Screen Projects, Podcasts, Music

Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Spurs Small Screen Projects, Podcasts, Music
“The truth about Tulsa … was systematically ignored, perhaps because it was regarded as too honest, too painful a lesson for our young white ears,” Tom Hanks wrote in a New York Times opinion piece on June 4 calling for schools to teach about the 1921 race massacre — one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history — to students as early as the fifth grade. “I find the omission tragic, an opportunity missed, a teachable moment squandered,” he continued.

In fact, instructing about the two-day attack, in which white mobs ravaged more than 1,500 Black-owned homes and businesses in the city’s thriving Greenwood district (the area earned the moniker Black Wall Street), has largely fallen to the small screen. When HBO’s “Watchmen” debuted in 2019 with an opening scene depicting the brutality of the Tulsa massacre, some viewers were shocked to learn it was based on an actual event.

Since then,
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