Here’s why critics say Trump’s Juneteenth rally in Tulsa is “open racism”

TOP LINE

President Donald Trump announced that his first post-Covid-19 campaign would take place on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in cases of racial violence in American history.

President Donald Trump speaks to African American supporters during a panel discussion at … [+] Wednesday at the White House.

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IMPORTANT FACTS

The rally is scheduled for June 19, a holiday celebrated in the United States as the end of slavery in America. It is said to take place in Tulsa, the site of a massacre in 1921 by a white mob that is believed to have killed around 300 black Americans.

Social media users found that focusing on campaigns in Oklahoma so close to the election as he easily won the state in 2016 and a Republican won in every Oklahoma presidential election since 1968 was an odd strategy for Trump .

The announcement was quickly condemned, including by Representative Al Green (D-Tex.), Who attended George Floyd’s funeral in Houston this week and described it as “more than a slap in the face for African Americans, it is manifest racism of the highest order Quality “designated office in the country. “

Representative Val Demings (D-Fla.), Who is a descendant of enslaved Americans, said that by going to Tulsa on June 19, Trump “is sending a message to every black American: more of the same”.

Even Trump’s former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci denounced the event, calling it “hideous and a wink to its racist supporters,” adding that Trump “doesn’t even need votes in Oklahoma.”

In response to questions about the time and place of the rally, Trump campaign staff member Katrina Pierson pointed out alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who spent June 19 on a private fundraiser in New York City for Senators.

TANGENT

June 19 dates from the Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Declaration of Emancipation in 1863, declaring freedom for more than 3 million enslaved Americans living in the Confederate States. However, it took more than two years for the news to reach enslaved people living in Texas, the Confederation’s most remote state. It was only when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that residents there finally learned of the abolition of slavery. According to tradition, the formerly enslaved Texans celebrated with prayer, food, song and dance, a tradition that has largely continued into the festivities of the 21st century. Juneteenth was named Texas State Holiday in 1980, and other states soon followed.

KEY BACKGROUND

Trump announced the rally on Wednesday, which is part of a series of scheduled stops in Florida, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina, his first in-person events since early March, before the US closed to Covid-19. It is slated to take place just two weeks after the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, one of the deadliest incidents of racial violence in America. In 1921, existing racist tensions in Tulsa came to a head after rumors began to circulate that a black man attacked a white woman in an elevator. Within a few days, a group of black men and a group of white men ran into the courthouse where the black man was being held in the elevator and shots were fired. The next day, a white mob destroyed the prosperous Black Wall Street neighborhood of Greenwood, Tulsa, a thriving community made up of more than 300 black-owned companies and killing up to 300 people. In just 24 hours, 35 square meters and more than 1,200 houses are said to have been destroyed. The massacre was largely unreported at the time and was not added to the Oklahoma State School curriculum until February.

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