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The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 Kindle Edition
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“Madigan somehow manages to tell the story of what happened with grace, purity and haunting starkness.” ―Buzz Bissinger
“A powerful book, a harrowing case study made all the more so by Madigan's skillful, clear-eyed telling of it.” ―Adam Nossiter, The New York Times Book Review
"A sobering, frightening account of what happens when that foul beast, racism, breaks its fragile leash."--Kirkus, starred review
"Madigan's skill at description, dialogue and pacing keeps the reader's interest at peak levels."--Publishers Weekly
"Madigan provides a riveting account of one of the most shameful episodes in the troubled history of race relations in the U.S. This cultural and sociological dissection of a twentieth-century tragedy makes difficult but compelling reading."--Booklist
"The story of Greenwood is written in such chilling detail and clarity that one can almost smell the smoke and hear the cries. This is historical reporting at its best."--Larry Cox, Arizona Daily Star
"The Burning is a bold and worthwhile beginning. With its richness of horrifying detail, the book compels our attention, restoring the hateful episode's ghastly but necessary claim on the public conscience."--Morning Star-Telegram
"Mr. Madigan spins a moving story...a compelling work that brings its characters to life."--Dallas Morning News
About the Author
- ASIN : B00DK40HR4
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books; First edition (July 9, 2013)
- Publication date : July 9, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2220 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 360 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250800722
- Lending : Not Enabled
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But through all of that, I barely scratched the surface of what transpired until I read this book. Madigan exposes the true ugliness of Tulsa at that time, the wealthy Black families who made the Greenwood District Black Wall Street, and the hatred of them by white Tulsans, those thousands who were members of the hate mongering KKK.
What happened should never have been allowed to be swept under the rug, especially well over 50-years, and none of the white perpetrators were punished: because those in "control" of the city, from the highest levels, were Klansmen and they protected their murderous fellows.
This story should be taught in every American History Class, as a perfect example of what happens when hate takes over ... and put in perspective the hate mongering racist white supremacists and Neo-Nazi's who are still too prevalent today.
Unfortunately, Tulsa has done a very good job, coming up on the 100th anniversary of these events, to have swept them back under the rug.
Along with David Gran's excellent Killers of the Flower Moon, where envious, hate mongering whites murdered hundreds of Native Americans to steal their oil wealth, The Burning shows the early days of a territory filled with racist elements ... who unfortunately still exist in considerable numbers to this day.
Now-a-days, within disenfranchised "black" communities gentrification is everywhere, while owned almost exclusively by non-blacks. Consider the cosmetic industry; black-women purchase and spend billions annually. "Black" cosmetics are now largely in the hands of Korean and Chinese manufacturers -- unhealthy and toxic merchandise targeting "black" culture. Asians have no interest in vetting "blacks", let alone showing much along mutual tenets of respect... and simultaneously, the Chinese are becoming the "neo-landlords" of Africa. Clearly, Asians are not purchasing from "blacks"...
If "blacks" are to succeed again, today, a lesson or two from A.G. Gaston's effective principles are necessary; which were used to combat segregated public water fountains - "White’s Only" segregated signs - on the drinking fountains in front of institutions good enough to take "black" money; as in the case of the First National Bank of Birmingham, Alabama. Gaston threatened to pull his account. Indeed, he possessed the financial assets to make things happen. Many do not know, or have forgotten the extent to which "blacks" used to exert economic pressure to bring integration during the decade before the Civil Rights Act of 1964: " Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire ".
It is entirely one thing to reminisce about our former "Black Wall Street" and successful segregated communities, or about the wealthiest person to ever exist, " Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali ", but it is another matter to currently and perpetually continue to "finance our own oppression". For example;
1). In the mid-1990s, there were 54 "black" owned banks, today there are only 21 - with assets totaling only 4.7 billion - while "blacks" possess a combined 1.1 trillion dollars potential in buying power!!
2). The truth remains, even "blacks" refuse to invest within the (so-called) "black" community, but are always seeking to escape oppression.
3). And, we already know that the wealthiest of "blacks" today surly do not build or invest in "black" American communities, neither does some of the world's most racist - but powerful and dominant - corporations. Actually, these corporations would prefer not to employ us.
... So, what has become of "blacks" taking care of our own... seeking and employing the services of "black" professionals as other ethnic groups?? Practically nil. That's right.
As "black" consumers, we certainly have the resources.
It is time "blacks" stopped financing our own oppression.
Legislation and political party loyalty is a farce, and constantly proves - without money - "a vote is not a voice."