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 DR. KERR'S CAREER TESTIMONY


 DR. KERR'S ARMS & TARTAN


 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's inspection of the destruction of Greenwood by City Government as city policy to suppress fictitious 'Negro Insurrection':  

Still dressed in his Prince Albert frock coat, Dr. Charles W. Kerr went from his First  Presbyterian Church's Holyroodhouse-type sanctuary  to Greenwood to see for himself the extent of the damage inflict by Tulsa's City Government as an act of public war upon the Greenwood Blacks:   No other Tulsan was interested in discovering the number of Blacks who had been murdered:  The City Government gave deliberately deflated figures:  'After all,'  as one Tulsa City Official later told Dr. Kerr, 'they waz only Niggers'....  

During his immediate inspection of the devastation of the Greenwood district in the company of a State Militia Officer, Dr. Kerr discovered direct evidence of the mass murder of Greenwood's Black population by the City of Tulsa executing its city policy of suppressing  a fictional 'Negro Insurrection'  …  often called 'The Tulsa Race Riot'.  

•Throughout his inspection of Greenwood, Dr. Kerr smelled burning human  flesh.  

•Dr. Kerr saw block-after-block of homes, businesses, public facilities, and even Christian churches which had been systematically burnt to the ground by 'Green Country' Tulsans  … executing city policy to suppress a non-existent 'Negro Insurrection' … with petrol which he latter discovered had been freely supplied by the Tulsa City Government:  Nothing was left standing.  Dr. Kerr wept when he visited the smouldering ruins of the churches and parsonages of the many Greenwood Pastors whom he knew. See 21 O. S. §1401  

Smouldering  ruins  of  Greenwood Inspected  by Dr.  Kerr  on  Wednesday  1st  June  1921: 

Ώ Green  Country ?  

•Dr. Kerr saw Black bodies stacked like sacks of potatoes on the north end of the old Convention Hall:   He saw garbage men bringing in loads of bodies of Blacks murdered by Tulsans on trash trucks.

•During his inspection of Greenwood Dr. Kerr saw hundreds of Black bodies stacked up on street corners everywhere throughout Greenwood being hauled away in City trash and garbage trucks.  

•Dr. Kerr also saw truck load after truck load filled with the bodies of the dead Greenwood Blacks … headed for destinations unknown: Dr. Kerr declared that such actions made it clear that the identification of these murdered Blacks was being suppressed deliberately  by the City Authorities to cover up all evidence of the City's crimes:  Without proper identification of these dead Blacks, the City could not be made financially liable for their wrongful deaths.  

•Dr. Kerr learned from the white trash men picking up corpses that the bodies of many murdered Blacks were being to potters' fields as well as being buried in unknown location through out north Tulsa. No attempt was ever made by the City Government to identify or even count any of the hundreds of dead Blacks. This left no corpus delicti  to be found later as evidence of the City's mass racial murders of the Greenwood Blacks.  

Black  children  held  prisoners-of-war
by  Tulsa  City  Government:
Ώ What  was  their  crime   …   being  Black ?  

•Dr. Kerr personally witnessed mass trench graves being dug at Tulsa's Oaklawn and Rosehill  Cemeteries  by conscripted Blacks:   

•Dr. Kerr watched as the bodies of hundred of unidentified Blacks were being hastily dumped into such mass graves like dogs and unceremoniously covered with dirt.  Although the bodies were searched by City workers  for valuables, no attempt was made by the City Authorities to identify any of the dead.  

• Elsewhere in Greenwood Dr. Kerr watched as trenches were dug in open fields  through out north Tulsa and filled  with the bodies of dead Black people.   

•Dr. Charles W. Kerr was particularly incensed when the City Authorities forbad him to say the rite of Christian Burial for the murdered Blacks  … who were being buried like animals in unhallowed ground.   

•Dr. Kerr saw hundreds of distinguished Black educators and ministers being marched double-time by 'Magic Empire' Tulsans to concentration camps as the prisoners-of-war of Tulsa's City Government.  Amongst these captives Dr. Kerr recognised a number of the Greenwood Pastors who telephoned him the night before asking him to intervene with the lynch mob at the Courthouse.  

Gleeful  'T-Towne' Tulsans  insult  Black  prisoners-of-war:  
Ώ 'GREEN  COUNTRY'  brotherhood ?  

•With great indignation Dr. Kerr witnessed white 'T-Towne' Tulsans gleefully running alongside Tulsa's Black prisoners-of-war in mock imitation, calling them 'Niggers, Coons, Jigaboos, Shinola's' and so forth.  Keeping their dignity,  these captured Blacks made no response to the myriad of insults from Tulsans.  

Captured  Greenwood  prisoner-of-war   of  City  of  Tulsa  

• When  Dr. Kerr attempted to give water from a garden hose to one group of captive Blacks, an angry white Tulsa-type woman came out and turned the hose off, 'I don't want to run up my water bill for no Niggers':  Dr. Kerr paid this Tulsa woman a dollar to turn the water back on.  

• Allowed to accompany a group of captive Blacks to the old fairgrounds;  Dr. Kerr discovered that they were being housed by the Tulsa City Government in hog and cattle pens like animals in a dog pound.  

Captive Blacks treated like animals  
by  City  of  Tulsa  Government  

•After requesting the use of State Militia tents for the Black Captives,  Dr. Kerr is refused on the grounds that the Blacks might infect such with 'social disease'.    

•Dr. Kerr noticed that all able-bodied Black men were conscripted by the City of Tulsa into forced labour battalions to dig graves for fellow Blacks murdered by Tulsa's City Government -- these Black men told Dr. Kerr  that  they felt like convicts on a Georgia chain-gang.  

Forced  labour  of  Greenwood  Blacks:  
Ώ 'GREEN  COUNTRY'  justice ?  

• Dr. Kerr was told by the driver of a private truck commandeered by the City of Tulsa that fleets of private trucks were assigned to take hundreds and hundreds of Black bodies to be dumped down abandoned coal mine shafts at Henry Scales' coal mines at the eastern edge of town … to be filled in and ploughed over to erase all evidence of the enormous number of Blacks murdered by the City of Tulsa.  (After the hostilities when Dr. Kerr attempted to visit the site to say the Rite of Christian Burial over the mine shaft, he was forced to leave at gunpoint.)  

Noticing that a young Black mother in an obvious daze despite the fact that a hungry little Black boy of about two was pulling at her for attention, Dr. Charles W. Kerr asked an older woman nearby what the problem was:  'She and the boy was forced out of her house by Tulsa gunmen.  Her husband was hurt real bad.  One of them Tulsa men saw her new baby boy in a crib and done blasted that poor baby away with a shotgun.  How can Tulsa people do such a thing to a poor little baby  --  even if he was Coloured ?'  

After getting the older woman to feed and to care for the little boy, Dr. Kerr knelt down in the mud by the dazed young mother.  Bowing his head in deep humility, Dr. Kerr took her trembling hands into his and prayed from his heart for her healing by Jesus’ Crucifixion:  

'Dear Jesus, by Your agony in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before You were crucified for our sins please come and comfort this Mother in her agony of seeing her new-born baby so terribly  murdered.' 

 

' Oh, Jesus, by Your scourging with whips by the brutal soldiers please come and heal this young mother by the stripes You bore for the terrible sin which has been committed against her and against her innocent child like those Children of Bethlehem murdered by King Herod.   Please, Jesus, by Your Stripes heal her wounded husband and restore him to full health.'

 

'Jesus, by the insult given to Your Divine Kingship when You were crowned with Thorns please come and help this young woman bear the insult to her motherhood of this wilful murder of her little  baby boy..'

 

'Oh, Divine Master by the strength with which You bore the Cross to Calvary please give  this young mother the strength to care for her older son and husband.   Dear Jesus, by Your death on the Cross for our sins please die to the terrible pain, sorrow, and loss from which this young mother is suffering.'

 

'By the Power of Your Resurrection, Jesus, please resurrect this young mother and please restore her husband to good health.  Father, we ask all of this in Jesus' Name, Amen.'  

The young mother was still in a state of severe shock.  So, Dr. Charles W. Kerr looked right at her and asked, 'Please forgive me, Lady, for being a white man?'  Although she did not say anything,  the young mother did squeeze Dr. Kerr's hand.    

By this time Dr. Kerr's  long Prince Albert frock coat was soaked with the blood of all of the captured Greenwood Black people whom he had been comforting at the fairground.