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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


1921  Tulsa  Race  War:  Background:

Oklahoma and Texas are the cowboy parts of the American South …  characterised by  broken-down  pick-up  trucks blaring  'hillbilly'  and  'cowboy' music,  having rifle racks, flying Confederate flags, and filled with beer-swilling, tattooed, tobacco-chewing, violence-prone  Good Ole Boys  wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots …  driving right out of Erskine  Caldwell's 'Tobacco Road' …. on their way to a cross burning.

Truly mission  territory   as the 'Dust Bowl  State', possessing scrub scenery, and having unending summer weeks of sultry 100º  heat;  one does not visit  Oklahoma except on business:   This is 'why' it was given to the Indians      until  oil was discovered….

Vividly  depicted in John  Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath',  Oklahoma is politically dominated by corrupt flopper-bellied  'cornpone'-type  Southern politicians  a la ‘Boss  Hogg’ (The  Dukes  of  Hazzard),    legally  bribed  by  ‘campaign  contributions’  from  the  State’s oil elite a la  'J. R,  Ewing'  (Dallas)   to act against the public interest,     who  appeal to Oklahoma's poor white majority to vote against their own  economic interest  (i.e., 'Right-to-Work', 'Tort Reform',  'Service Taxes')  by 'racially  coded' propaganda for the benefit of the State's wealthy 'country club' caste, who initially  swindled  Oklahoma's naïve Indians out of their allotted and surplus lands,   oil,   gas and mineral rights … with whiskey.

Oklahoma is a 'serial  execution' state     whose laws subject children  as young as 13 to the death penalty    with  'Bible  Christian'  cheer leaders at  the State Penitentiary  actually  urging  on the executioner     illustrating   the quality of poor white Oklahoma bible-belt   'Christianity':    A recent 'law-and-order'  Governor may have executed twelve innocent men, convicted on concocted evidence, to accumulate 54 macho execution 'notches' on his belt:  See  www.ccadp.org/killerkeating.htm

 Oklahoma's second Governor Lee Cruce (1911-1915) came within one vote of being impeached by the State's racialist Legislature  for commuting all death sentences upon discovering that the death penalty in application singles out Blacks for execution:   Although only 7% of Oklahoma's population is Black,  Governor Cruce discovered that 95% of the condemned men on the State's 'death row' were Blacks….

In  the  mid-1960's  the  entire  Oklahoma  State  Supreme  Court  had to be  impeached or  were  forced  to  resign  for decades-long  acceptance since  Statehood of  bribes to 'throw'  judicial  decisions,      illustrating   the  quality  of  'Oklahoma  justice'.   Such thoroughgoing political rottenness lead to the complete political take-over of the entire  State during the mid-1920’s by the Ku Klux Klan: 

Taken over by the Klan following  the November 1923 impeachment of the State's  courageous anti-Klan  Governor,  Jack  Walton,  Oklahoma became an American yokel version of the Third Reich:   Terrorised by hooded Klansmen burning crosses in racial hatred rather than by jack booted Storm Troopers goose-stepping in torchlight parades.

 As the Founder of both Tulsa and its First Presbyterian Church (6th October 1885), Presbyterian Elder J. M.  Hall induced Rev. and Mrs. Charles W.  Kerr to assume the Pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church.  Soon after the Kerrs arrived on Saturday, 10th February 1900, J. M.  Hall took them on a guided tour of the town.  J. M. Hall explained that in the early-days the Black population had freely settled in the north western corner formed by the crossing of the East-West Frisco Railroad track and the North-South Midland Valley Railroad track:  The area north of the Frisco rail tracks and west of the Midland Valley rail tracks.  Known as 'Greenwood,' this original Black settlement in Tulsa was uncontroversial    until the 1901 discovery of oil at nearby Glenpool.  This rapidly transformed Tulsa into an 'oil boom' town.

 Tulsa's  Presbyterian  Founder: J. M. Hall

 Because rail transportation was the only feasible means of moving heavy oil field equipment in and out, Tulsa's early-day civic leadership quickly began coveting the Greenwood district for transformation into a rail switchyard, industrial supply, and warehouse district.  The Blacks refused to sell their properties in Greenwood for any amount of money:  The Greenwood Pastors told Dr. Kerr that Black people never like selling any property which they own.  This is because white people have often cheated Blacks out of land and will not readily sell Blacks new land.   A Greenwood family selling their home would be unlikely to find a new place to live: Tulsa has racial restrictions against Blacks owning property in white south Tulsa.  So, the 'plans' of Tulsa's civic leadership had to be shelved ...   until the Courthouse lynching attempt of Tuesday, 31st May 1921, presented Tulsa's civic leadership with a completely unexpected opportunity to prevail upon Tulsa's City Government to 'clear out' the Black population from  Greenwood for their long-proposed rail,  industrial,   and warehouse project    in what is  locally  euphemised as  'The Tulsa Race Riot' by embarrassed community leaders.