Legal Dr. Kerr's exposure of 'common
plan' to force devastated Greenwood Blacks into selling arsoneed properties for a pittance:
Charles W. Kerr discovered the existence of a 'common plan'
between the City Government and Tulsa's civic leadership
to force the devastated Greenwood Blacks into selling their arsoned properties
for a pittance to a consortium of Tulsa's oilmen, business
and civic leaders ... planning to convert Greenwood into a ‘Negro-free’
rail switchyard, industrial
supply and warehouse district for their own enrichment:
for Tulsa's racialist civic leadership,
Richard Lloyd Jones wrote in the 4th June 1921 The Tulsa Tribune: 'IT MUST NOT BE AGAIN':
a district as the old 'Niggertown' must never be allowed in
Tulsa again. It was
a cesspool of iniquity and corruption. …In this old 'Niggertown'
were a lot of bad niggers and a bad nigger is about the lowest
thing that walks on two feet. Give a bad nigger his booze and
his dope and a gun and he thinks he can shoot up the world. And
these four things were to be found in 'Niggertown' -- booze,
dope, bad niggers and guns.'
psychological fears of
the Greenwood Blacks
The City's rampage of Greenwood
evidences that Tulsans,
are the real
June 1921 The Tulsa
'The suggestion of the Real Estate Exchange that
the negro district be moved out further, the present burnt-over
area to be given over to industry and switch tracks is a
sensible one. If Tulsa business is to expand, the ground
occupied by the section now in ashes is by all odds one of the
most necessary to such expansion.'
Kerr discovered that acting
Oklahoma law authorising cities to enact municipal ordinances,
the Government of the City of Tulsa in combination with
the willing participation of
Richard Lloyd Jones, The Tulsa Tribune,
and Tulsa's civic leadership promulgated 'Fire Ordinance':
was expressly designed to deprive the Greenwood Black population
of the equal protection of the laws and equal privileges and
by the Federal Constitution and Federal statutory laws by making
it prohibitively expensive for the Greenwood Black property
owners to rebuild their homes and businesses
in order to force these impoverished Blacks to sell their
burnt out Greenwood properties for
a pittance to
a consortium of Tulsa oilmen, bankers, and wealthy civic leaders
for conversion into a rail switchyard, industrial supply, and
lawyers told Dr. Kerr that this particular
'Fire Ordinance' conspiracy by the City Government and its confederates violated Sec. 1 of the
1879 Ku Klux Act: 42 U.S.C.A. §1983
Kerr learned that this conspiracy also included the deliberate
refusal by Tulsa's racialist leadership of
all outside donations from the North to assist
the destitute Blacks in
to coerce them into selling their burnt out properties for a
'song' to this consortium.
when Dr. Kerr organised with other ministers a city-wide
contribution campaign to raise funds for the re-construction of
Greenwood, oil-wealthy Tulsans contributed only some $25,000:
amount for 'The
Oil Capitol of the World'.
had another agenda….
Tulsa-sponsored arson of
Greenwood with City petrol:
needs a 'Fire
Kerr also discovered that Tulsa's wealthy white-owned banks
had 'red-lined' Greenwood
by denying even employed Blacks re-building loans
… to force
these arsoned Blacks into selling their burnt-out properties to
this consortium of wealthy Tulsa
Dr. Kerr learned
that the Mayor and Tulsa's
civic leadership had devised a 'common plan' to force the
Greenwood Blacks to re-settle on raw farmland far to the north
of Tulsa … and outside the city limits … so that Tulsa would
be a 'Negro Free'
100% American community.
the City Government was acting under colour of its general
granted by State law in conjunction with its confederates
amongst Tulsa's civic leadership
to deprive the Greenwood Black population of their rights
under Federal constitutional and statutory law re 'equal
protection of the law' to live on their own property in Tulsa,
the lawyers told Dr. Kerr that this also constituted a conspiracy
in violation of Sec. 1 of the 1870 Ku Klux Act
Charles W. Kerr exposed this conspiracy to his friends
among the Greenwood Pastorate, who convinced their flocks
not to 'sell-out' to this oil-wealthy consortium hoping to
profit from their tragedy.
Tulsa's civic leadership
never forgave Dr. Kerr
for thwarting their 'plans' for Greenwood.
This explains 'why' nothing
in Tulsa is named after Dr. Kerr …
even though he is considered to be one of the early
founders of Tulsa.