Black Poetry : Blacks in Oklahoma?

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  1. rasheed

    rasheed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Oklahoma's a place
    Mos' Black folks don't know much about
    When they think of places for Blacks
    Oklahoma is usually left out
    They think of Indians and White cowboys
    But not usually Blacks
    They think of cattle on the prairie
    And coyotes runnin' in packs
    They don't know
    Oklahoma once had more all black towns
    than the rest of the nation combined,
    As well as Langston, an all Black University
    And the Blacks were really really trying
    And on the road to building a Mecca-like refuge
    Where Free Blacks could live in peace
    In the growing area of Greenwood, in north Tulsa
    There was a flowering black economic feat
    That rivaled developments Black and White
    And came to be known as "Black Wall Street"
    But what happened in Tulsa
    That helped to curb this great Black progress
    Unwavering hatred and mass destruction
    Left Black Wall Street a mess
    A riot ensued triggered by an alleged incident in a downtown building
    A young black man, Dick Rowland, entered an elevator
    And was accused of wrong doing
    Rowland apparently stumbled into the young white female elevator operator, Sara Page
    And startled her thereby setting the stage
    The police arrested him for attacking the girl
    And the now-defunct Tulsa Tribune newspaper
    Ran a story on the front page
    That indicated the alleged assault was an attempted rape
    With the young man in custody with no means of escape
    Then noting that angry whites were gathering outside the jail
    The newspaper also ran an editorial suggesting a lynching
    Paving the way for the breaking loose of hell
    The headline read "Nab Negro for Attacking Girl in Elevator."
    And what happened then is a sin before the Creator
    35 square blocks of commerce was reduced to ashes
    Hundreds of men, women, and children were murdered
    Many of them buried in a common unmarked graves
    The attack against the people of the Greenwood section of Tulsa came from the air
    When planes dropped bombs upon the homes of the helpless there
    Machine guns were used to mow down those thought less than human
    This was 1921
    Times were hard on Oklahomans and everyone
    Yet the commerce of "Black Wall Street" had remained vibrant, and robust
    Between the Black Wall Street residents was faith and trust
    There were theatres, restaurants, hotels, and rows upon rows of well constructed homes
    Black owned
    Oklahoma's a place
    Mos' Black folks don't know much about
    When they think of places for Blacks
    Oklahoma is usually left out
    They think of Indians and White cowboys
    But not usually Blacks
    They think of cattle on the prairie
    And coyotes runnin' in packs
     
  2. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    love dis flow here tyte drop poet
     
  3. Royal_T

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    Today, I've been educated. You're right. I, as well as many, don't think much of Oklahoma having a place in American Black history. Thanks for this one.
     
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    ah yes..feeding the mind...so true to the fact...bringing in the light..thank you..nice one
    Peace
    Blue :heart:
     
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    AmeriKKKan history that has been erased from the pages of history books.

    I just heard about this the middle of last year & was shocked beyond belief, cuz it happened not 2 long ago as history goes.

    Thanks 4 putting it out there as U did.

    Very nice mind opening piece.
     
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    once again brotha Rasheed you are enriching our minds and our souls all in one dose :)
     
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    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    i likes this flow
    very much
    feedin the mind aint a bad thang...
    Peace
    Angel
     
  8. rasheed

    rasheed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    RICH, Royal_T, Blue , PositiveMindset , triniti,Angel

    Thanks all for your positive reception to this poetic look at Oklahoma History. Our story is one as we are one.

    Peace and Blessings
     
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    I used to live in Okmulgee Oklahoma...I love this poem!!
     
  10. j'hiah

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    thanx for for the mind, the poet behind the pen...
    l heard of this story often.

    jh.
     
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