This weekend in Tulsa, the president held his first campaign rally since March after the coronavirus pandemic cut the election campaign. “So let’s start, Oklahoma, we’ll start. Thank you Oklahoma! “It was also the weekend of June 19th. For many black Americans, Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in this country. This was a moment that led to scenes like this.“ You’re a sell-out! ”Black people are dying [inaudible]” [shouting] The time for the president’s rally on the weekend of June 19 also comes at a time when there have been weeks of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” It’s especially poignant in the south and Tulsa because of the history of racial oppression. Instead of being a president who respected the racial history of this city or tried to advance the efforts of racial reconciliation, we saw him turn it upside down. “We got to Tulsa around first grade. We moved to Tulsa. So I grew up on Greenwood. When I got into college writing black history, my professor said, “Do you all know about the racial massacre?” And we all said, ‘No. We had a riot here? ‘ You know. And he just said, ‘OK, so everyone sit down and listen to this story. ‘“In the early 1900s, Tulsa’s Greenwood area was a thriving black neighborhood. “Afro-Americans, two generations out of slavery, persecuted and displayed black excellence.” “We had our own banks and hospitals, and theaters and restaurants.” But that success didn’t go well with the white community. And in 1921, after a black man was accused of disrespecting a white woman, things escalated. A white mob burned and ransacked Black Wall Street. “The violence lasted about 16 hours.” “They shot. They looted. They bombed. “” They threw bodies in the river. They threw them into mass graves. “” When the dust settled, about 100 to 300 people were killed. At least 1,250 houses were destroyed in the black community. Schools, churches and shops were also destroyed destroyed. “” Total devastation, like a war zone. What happened here was a momentous tragic event. “” That was the worst terrible story I have ever heard in my life. “” This church, which we built in 1921 “Our sanctuary – they destroyed it. And our basement miraculously survived. The damage to this pillar is from burning concrete. In this room we also have collections of soil from the various places where people were killed.” Years of ignoring the massacre, many in Tulsa want it to be the focus of community talk, and they have set up this non-partisan commission to drive a number of initiatives n to take action to advance the issue of racial reconciliation and to commemorate the centenary of the massacre. And some institutions have apologized. “I am sorry the police did not protect their citizens in the tragic days of 1921.” The hard part was what to do next. “We demand redress in honor of all the Americans who were killed! We are now calling for redress! ““ To say ‘I’m sorry’ is not remorse. When you say “I’m sorry” you only realize that what you did was wrong. Repentance turns away from what you did, what you feel sorry for. Before you can even get to reconciliation, we must have a society that admits that white supremacy is wrong. We need to have a society that admits black lives are important. “The President has tried to present himself as a unified figure, as someone who can bring the country together, especially in times of these twin crises: the coronavirus pandemic and the national unrest over race and racial inequality. But this weekend shows its challenges on that front and the inability of this government to honestly get out of the way. June 19 is a celebration of the emancipation of slavery for many black Americans. The president first announced a rally on June 19. When you talk to people they say there was a moment of disbelief that the president was coming to Tulsa. “My first reaction was, ‘How disrespectful. ‘I felt like it was a slap in the face. “And after requests, even from Republican senators in the state, he postponed the rally until the next day. “” Beep beep. Beep beep. It’s important to me because it’s history, it’s freedom. Girl, you look good. It’s good to see you for a long time. It’s education. “” You want America again You have to make Black Wall Street great again. “” And it’s important this year because people see that they are still fighting for something but they are celebrating our freedom. “” The weekend of June 19th coming shows that he still doesn’t have that much respect for our holy day. “Ultimately, the president’s rally wasn’t as big as his campaign had hoped. But the importance of this weekend is evident in scenes like this.” I see Get up back there and shake your head. Yes, sir, black lives matter. ”And one of the realizations at that moment, regarding race in this country, was the shift in public opinion on issues of systemic racism and persistent inequality. “No justice! ““ No peace! ”“ No justice! ”“ No peace! ”This lack of recognition even brings him into conflict with some members of his own party. The president’s strategy on race and other issues has limited his path to re-election. He has shown unwillingness to try and expand his base so he is pretty much dependent on a similar group of voters who voted him in 2016 to do so again in 2020.