City officials and others have argued that this generation is not responsible for the horrific acts of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and thus reparations is not appropriate.
That argument is more than a little disingenuous. Every generation of Tulsans since that date — including individuals and governmental and corporate entities — has benefited and profited from the willful destruction and taking of lives and property; the disenfranchisement of not only property rights but decades of economic growth and prosperity.
Money is power, as white Americans well know.
Every generation of Tulsans since May 31-June 1, 1921, is to some degree complicit in the acts of that massacre.
You cannot accept the fruits of illegal acts and defend yourself by asserting, "I didn't do it!"
In essence, there has been 100 years of what attorneys call continuous bad acts.
The wrongs of the massacre have been perpetuated throughout the decades.
Those "continuous acts" may not be sufficient to rebut the legal defense of the statute of limitations, although I am not all sure of that.
However, those acts are more than sufficient to support what is fair, equitable, and just in basic human terms.
The City of Tulsa can cry "out damned spot" until the end of time, but that stain will never go away, nor will our collective and ongoing responsibility for its consequences.
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