He criticized the president for choosing a venue for an election rally in the city, where in 1921 there was a pogrom of neighborhoods in which wealthy African-Americans lived
President Donald Trump decided to postpone his election rally in Oklahoma for one day, from June 19 to June 20, since the originally planned date coincided with Freedom Day – a holiday dedicated to the end of slavery in the United States.
The president decided to hold his first meeting with voters from the start of the coronavirus pandemic on June 19 in Tulsa, in which pogroms and massacres of black residents took place in 1921. This decision was immediately criticized, especially given that mass demonstrations are being held across the country against police brutality against African Americans.
“Many of my African-American friends and supporters turned to offer us a change of date out of respect for this holiday,” Trump tweeted late Friday. “Therefore, I decided to postpone our rally on Saturday, June 20, in order to satisfy their request.”
On June 19, African Americans celebrate Freedom Day – on this day in 1865 Texas was the last southern state to abolish slavery.
In Tulsa, where the president is about to hold a rally, in 1921 one of the worst outbreaks of racial violence in US history occurred. White rioters, among whom were members of the Ku Klux Klan, attacked African-American neighbors, destroying more than 35 quarters of Greenwood, the richest “black” region in the United States at that time.
More than 800 people were admitted to hospitals; More than 6,000 African Americans were arrested. The Oklahoma Bureau of Statistics officially recorded 36 dead, but according to other sources, more than 300 people died in Tulsa.
In 2016, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Oklahoma, ahead of her by more than 36% of the vote.