I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.
Burning Tulsa: The Legacy of Black Dispossession
In 1921, one of the most violent episodes of dispossession in U.S. history occurred. As Linda Christensen writes, “The term ‘race riot’ does not adequately describe the events of May 31-June 1, 1921 in Greenwood, a black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In fact, the term itself implies that both blacks and whites might be equally to blame for the lawlessness and violence. The historical record documents a sustained and murderous assault on black lives and property.”
New Teaching Activities on Race, Housing, and Displacement
The Zinn Education Project is delighted to announce the posting of three new articles and activities on race, housing, and displacement. Originally published in Rethinking Schools magazine, these articles offer compelling examples of how teachers engage their students in exploring the roots of today’s economic inequality.
The First Decoration Day
On this Memorial Day weekend, here is an article by David W. Blight about “The First Decoration Day” led by people who had recently been freed from slavery in Charleston, SC. Blight writes, “As a nation we are at war now, but for most Americans the scale of death and suffering in this seemingly endless wartime belongs to other people far away, or to people in other neighborhoods. Collectively, we are not even allowed to see our war dead today. That was not the case in 1865.”