Thursday, June 03, 2021

Biden compares three historical events

I am learning that the three most important events in American history were:
  • The Tulsa race riots of 1921.
  • The Charlottesville statue protest of 2017.
  • The Capitol vote-counting protest of 2021.

    Pres. Joe Biden has been promoting the importance of all three. The Hill reports:

    President Biden on Tuesday compared the white mob that attacked Black residents in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921 to the "white supremacists" who marched in the far-right "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., four years ago. ...

    “Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television,” the president continued. “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the KKK [were] coming out of those fields at night in Virginia with lighted torches, the veins bulging as they were screaming.” ...

    Biden when announcing his presidential campaign in April 2019 cited the violence in Charlottesville, as well as then-President Trump’s response to it, as the defining moment that prompted his decision to launch his White House bid. ...

    “And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” the then-presidential candidate explained. ...

    “Mother Fletcher said when she saw the insurrection at the Capitol ... it broke her heart,” Biden said Tuesday. “A mob of violent white extremists, thugs.”

    “She said it reminded her of what happened here in Greenwood a hundred years ago,” the president added.

    Here is how Encyclopedia Britannica explains the start of the Tulsa riot:
    On May 30, 1921, Dick Rowland, a young African American shoe shiner, was accused of assaulting a white elevator operator named Sarah Page in the elevator of a building in downtown Tulsa. The next day the Tulsa Tribune printed a story saying that Rowland had tried to rape Page, with an accompanying editorial stating that a lynching was planned for that night. That evening mobs of both African Americans and whites descended on the courthouse where Rowland was being held. When a confrontation between an armed African American man, there to protect Rowland, and a white protester resulted in the death of the latter, the white mob was incensed, and the Tulsa massacre was thus ignited. ...

    When the massacre ended on June 1, the official death toll was recorded at 10 whites and 26 African Americans, though many experts now believe at least 300 people were killed.

    I thought that the movement to believe all women was a recent one. Obviously not, as a riot was caused by an overreaction to a MeToo story.

    How does this relate to Charlottesvilles 2017 and Jan. 6 Capitol protests? The only death directly related to the Jan. 6 event was a non-white police officer shooting and killing an unarmed white woman visiting the Capitol.

    Meanwhile, I see video of Vice President Harris Swears In Eric Lander as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology. No, he was not sworn in on a Bible. Being a scientist, he could have chosen some great scientific work, such as a book by Newton or Darwin. Instead, he was sworn in on a 500-year-old book on a Jewish conspiracy to repair the world to their liking. He calls it Tikkun olam, and says that it is the Hebrew version of "build back better".

    Update: Here is more info about Tulsa 1921. Apparently no one has been able to figure out what happened in that elevator. Previously Tulsa lynched white men, not black. The black rioters were well armed.

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