The lawsuit seeks justice and reparations for the victims and descendants affected by the violent events that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921, when a prosperous Black neighborhood was destroyed by white mobs. The dismissal of the lawsuit has sparked disappointment among those advocating for reparations and acknowledgement of the historical trauma inflicted on the Black community. The appeal aims to continue the fight for accountability and reparative measures in addressing the long-lasting impact of the Tulsa Massacre .
The Justice for Greenwood Foundation, representing the last three survivors of the 1921 Tulsa massacre, has announced plans to appeal a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit seeking reparations for the racist violence. Tulsa County District Court Judge Caroline Wall issued a brief order without providing details on her reasoning. The lawsuit, filed against the City of Tulsa and others, seeks financial reparations and a 99-year tax holiday for descendants of the massacre victims.
The 1921 Tulsa massacre resulted in the deaths of an estimated 300 Black individuals, along with looting, burning of buildings, and widespread violence against the Black community. The incident has had lasting economic and health disparities between Black and white residents of Tulsa.