History September 05, 2019 at 10:00 am

7 deadly race riots in America in the last century that had the most Black casualties

Etsey Atisu September 05, 2019 at 10:00 am

September 05, 2019 at 10:00 am | History

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Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

During the Tulsa Race Massacre (also known as the Tulsa Race Riot), which occurred over 18 hours on May 31-June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, and one of the least-known. News reports were largely squelched, despite the fact that hundreds of people were killed and thousands left homeless.

The “official” tally of deaths in the massacre was 36, including 10 whites. Even by that estimate—which historians now consider much too low—the Tulsa Race Massacre stood as one of the deadliest riots in U.S. history, behind only the New York Draft Riots of 1863, which killed at least 119 people.

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