What a month!
Celebrations of birthdays and graduations . . .
A world-wide pandemic continues with hope as more folks are vaccinated.
BUT . . .
There is also the solemnity of learning about the past.
Why does it matter?
Winston Churchill in 1948 said, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
In the US
100 years after Tulsa Massacre
Meanwhile in Canada
Confirmation of the remains of 215 children who were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School were reported.
Who knew what and when?
True or False
The Tulsa Race Riot was so named in order that insurance companies would not have to pay claims.
The Canadian government knows that many more residential deaths were unreported.
What is known is that 35 square blocks were burned down and destroyed and that many massacre survivors would flee the city in order to relocate elsewhere in the United States. Despite these catastrophic losses of life and property, no one was ever charged in relation to the murders or the destruction of homes and businesses based in Greenwood.Source
Excavation begins June 1st of a possible mass gravesite. Two other sites have already been explored. How many died?
Mathematically, what reports should we believe? Two Whites killed? How many Blacks? Zero made the headlines in the Tulsa World as reported by the headlines above. Estimates range as high as 300. How was this story covered up for so long?
What about other massacres? Link
Another place to learn is on Twitter via Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul’s 20 tweet thread.
Meanwhile, in Canada . . .
… at least 4,100 students died while attending the schools, many from mistreatment or neglect, others from disease or accident. It found that in many cases, families never learned the fate of their offspring, who are now known as the missing children.
While there have long been rumors of unmarked graves at schools, if the findings in a preliminary report presented to the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation this week are confirmed, it will be the first time a major burial site has been discovered.New York Times link
What historical events are you studying? Where do you get your information? Why do you need to know more?
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