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 TULSA RACE WAR:
BACKGROUND


 TULSA RACE WAR OF 1921


 COURTHOUSE LYNCH MOB


 DR. KERR CONFRONTS MOB


 THE GREENWOOD BLACK COMMUNITY


 SANCTUARY FOR THE GREENWOOD BLACKS


. DESTRUCTION OF GREENWOOD


 MAN SAVED FROM LYNCHING


 DR. KERR REJECTS 'INTER-RACIAL COMMITTEE'


 LEGAL RIGHTS OF THE GREENWOOD BLACK


 LEGAL ANALYSIS OF RACE WAR


 DR. KERR AND THE 'COMMON PLAN'


 DR. KERR OFFERS RESIGNATION


 DR. KERR CONFRONTS TULSA LEADERSHIP


 OIL RICH TULSANS


 SCOTTISH CLANS & WHITE TRASH


 KERR REMAINS IN TULSA


 THE WORLD'S FIRST BAG PIPE OPERA


 OUTLINE


Dr.  Kerr  requests  Presbyterian  lawyers  to  analyse  legal  rights  of  Greenwood  Blacks:  

Rejecting  the June 1921 Tulsa Grand Jury Report blaming the Greenwood community  for  starting  the Tulsa  Racial  War as an obvious 'white-wash',  in  an  effort to secure  justice for the injured  Black  community Dr.  Charles  W.  Kerr requested four prominent  senior lawyers (of Scots descent whose fathers had been Union Officers) from  his  congregation to investigate the true facts behind the Race War and to analyse the resulting  legal situation.  

Dr. Kerr  in  Pastor's  Office  at Tulsa's  First  Presbyterian  Church:

Tulsa's white ministers refused Dr. Kerr's  call  to join in brotherhood

 with the Greenwood Pastors:

'GREEN COUNTRY' Christianity?

 These four Presbyterian  lawyers discovered  that the actual origins  of the Tulsa  racial  conflict arose from the official lie made by City Officials that the lawful  actions  of the Greenwood Black Veterans under Oklahoma State Law (see 21 O. S. 643(3);  22 O.S. 33;  6 Okla Law Review 231)  ...  to protect the Courthouse from the lynch mob and to prevent the murder of the falsely accused Black youth ... constituted a 'Negro  Insurrection'.    

This  official  lie  of  a 'Negro  Insurrection'  was made by Tulsa's City Government to  provide  a  'legal justification'  to  give  Tulsa's  leading citizens constituting the original  Courthouse lynch  mob,  congregating at the Police Station after encountering  the armed troop of Greenwood Veterans,  their demanded opportunity 'to put down' the Greenwood Black population.  

Factually,  Dr.  Kerr's  First  Presbyterian  Church  lawyers  found that there was no  'civil  insurrection'  of  any  type  amongst the peaceful Greenwood Black population.    

One of the lawyers told Dr. Kerr, 'The only insurrection which occurred that night was a white insurrection:    Instigated by Richard Lloyd Jones' Tribune  editorial,   Tulsa's white downtown business community besieged the Courthouse to lynch the Black youth in open insurrection against the law, order, and due process of law guaranteed all Americans by the Constitution.   Tulsa's Police Department joined this white insurrection by disappearing from the streets in 'tacit consent' to the lynching proposed by Richard Lloyd Jones.  Tulsa's City Father's joined this white insurrection by formally declaring the completely lawful actions of the Greenwood Veterans to be a 'Negro Insurrection'  as a dishonest excuse for clearing out the entire Coloured district  for construction of a rail switchyard, industrial supply, and warehouse district  desired by Tulsa's community leaders.    Later, in response to the City Father's call to arms  some fifteen to twenty thousand Tulsa gunmen joined in this white insurrection to slaughter the Greenwood Coloured population.  Tulsa's  City Fathers supplied these white insurrectionaries with enough gasoline to burn down every church,  home, and business in the Coloured district.   The white population of the entire City of Tulsa were in public insurrection   against the Constitution.  Only the Greenwood Veterans were defending the Constitution  that night.'  

The  four  First  Presbyterian  Church  lawyers  also  discovered  that  Tulsa's  prominent  oil  magnates,  bankers,  businessmen,  and  civic  leaders  congregating  at the  Police  Station  had deliberately  influenced  the  City  Officials  planning  the invasion  of  Greenwood ... to target for intentional arson large sections of  Greenwood running  parallel  to the Midland  Valley Railroad  tracks  forming  the eastern  boundary  of  the  Greenwood  Black  district.   See 21 O. S. 1401 re "Arson"  

Greenwood  cleared  out  for  rail,  industrial   &  warehouse district:

This is evidences 'how' the City of Tulsa treats its Black Citizens:

'Equal  rights'  in  'GREEN  COUNTRY'  

The  lawyers  discovered that such  arson  was done 'to clear out' the Black population for  the  future  construction  of  a  rail  switchyard,  industrial,  and  warehouse  district  on  the  site  of  Greenwood  long  desired  by  Tulsa's  civic  leaders   ...   as  well  as  to  lower  the high fair market value of improved  Black-owned property to the 'fire  sale prices' at which Tulsa's civic leadership hoped to purchased the arsoned properties.     

The lawyers discovered that the City  of Tulsa  Government  supplied  massive  amounts  of  petrol  from the  City's own supply   ... in  quantities sufficient  to arson every  home,  church,  and business in the Greenwood Black  district.   Maps indicated that the  arsoned  sections  of  Greenwood were approximately  those areas needed for  the Tulsa  civic  leadership's  long-desired  rail,  warehouse,  and industrial  district.  

These  four Presbyterian lawyers reported to Dr. Kerr that the arson of Greenwood was not 'accidental'  by  'persons  unknown'   --   as claimed by Tulsa's City Government and Richard Lloyd Jones' The Tulsa Tribune.   Rather, the lawyers discovered that the complete arson of Greenwood  was  deliberate, planned in advance the night before by Tulsa's  responsible public safety policymakers with malice aforethought at the specific request of Tulsa's civic leadership  milling about the Police Station:  To clear out the Black population to make way for the construction of a rail switchyard, warehouse and industrial district on the site of Greenwood long-desired by the civic leaders  … as well as to reduce the high market value of improved Greenwood property  for future purchase by leading Tulsans at 'fire sale' prices.   

Lowering  Greenwood 'improved  property  values'  for  later

 'fire  sale'  purchase by Tulsa's oil-wealthy Establishment  

The lawyers' investigation concluded that a 'common plan' had been formulated that night between Tulsa's City Government and Tulsa's civic leadership  to force the Black population out of Tulsa.   The lawyers  told Dr. Kerr that this 'common  plan'  to force the Blacks out of Tulsa  under colour of the City's authority under State law to suppress a falsely contrived 'Negro Insurrection'  violated the Federal constitutional and statutory rights re equal protection of the laws and equal privileges and immunities under the laws of the Greenwood Black  population under Sec. 1 of the 1870  Ku  Klux Act:  42 U.S.C.A. 1983  

As one of the lawyers remarked,  'Dr. Kerr this was no "race riot" but a deliberate declaration of public war upon the Greenwood Coloured population by the Government of the City of Tulsa  in  direct violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and the Federal Reconstruction laws.  This was about as 'justified' as the Kaiser's 1914 invasion of Belgium.'  Today, the 1921 'Tulsa Race Riot' would be known as an  ethnic  cleansing….  

Greenwood  home  intentionally  arsoned  by  City of Tulsa  to  clear  out  Black  population  for  Tulsa  civic  leadership's  long-proposed  rail  switchyard,  industrial,  and  warehouse  district  and  never re-built  

The four Presbyterian  lawyers also discovered that in the immediate aftermath of the Race War that the Government of City of Tulsa and its confederates amongst Tulsa' civic leadership had meticulously destroyed all documentary evidence of the City Government's criminal responsibility for the mass murder of hundreds of Blacks and intentional arson of Greenwood.    

The lawyers  investigation revealed that such evidence was deliberately destroyed for the purpose of obstructing, hindering, or preventing the injured Greenwood Blacks from bringing cases for damages against the City Government, the wealthy oilmen specially deputised as 'Emergency Police Deputies', and the City's confederates among the civic leadership  in order to deny these injured Blacks equal protection of both Federal and Oklahoma laws and to prevent such injured Black property owners from enforcing the equal protection of the laws.  Such evidence was destroyed to prevent the injured Blacks from bringing a case under Sec. 1 of the Ku Klux Act of 20 April 1870.     

The four lawyers told Dr. Kerr  that such deliberate  destruction of evidence to deny the Greenwood Blacks effective legal relief  violated  Sec. 2 of the Ku Klux Act: 42 U.S.C.A. 1985(2).    

Unfortunately, the lawyers said  that the judicial deference which American Courts must constitutionally give to the City of Tulsa's official lie of a 'Negro Insurrection' as a discretionary 'ministerial  act'  will allow the City Government to defeat a court case for the obstruction  of  justice   ...   on  the  basis  that  armed  suppression was necessary to defeat the non-existent 'Negro Insurrection'  --  hence, all  aspects of the City's actions were absolutely privileged.     

Due to this constitutionally required judicial deference,  the destruction of evidence initiated a continuing legal situation  re violation of 42 U.S.C.A. 1985(2)  by  the  City of Tulsa and its confederates.   Only  a  Congressional Declaration repudiating the City's official lie as a deliberate legal error and the suppression of the fictional 'Negro Insurrection' as a deliberate legal wrong can remove this judicial deference and 'discover'  a  case for the obstruction of justice under 42 U.S.C.A. 1985(2).  

Government and its confederates amongst Tulsa's oil-wealthy civic leadership included:   

  • The police telephone logs evidencing actual knowledge by the Police of the lawful intentions of the Greenwood Veterans under State law (21  O. S. 643(3); 22 O.S. 33;  6 Okla Law Review 231);  
  • The log of voters who were specially commissioned by the City Government as 'Emergency Police Deputies'  --  required by 51 Oklahoma Statutes 16;   
  • The City Government's operational plan of attack upon Greenwood together with all maps and other documentary evidence of the City's  invasion and arson of Greenwood;  
  • Records of the City's petrol supplies     from  which  the City's  specially  deputised  agents  were  supplied  petrol  to  arson  every  structure  in  Greenwood.  
  • Records of the mass graves in which the  City  Government  had  buried  the Greenwood Black people;   
  • Certain records of the State Militia and transcripts of damaging testimony given to the Grand Jury's inquest and at the trial of the Police Chief.