Reparations Advocates for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors Appeal to Oklahoma Supreme Court Over Dismissal

Attorneys representing three of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre survivors  have appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, arguing that a district court judge’s recent dismissal of the case was incorrect.

Appeal of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors

A group of people who are 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre survivors and descendants have filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. They are pleading with the higher court to take a case that a lower court recently dismissed, says NBC.

On Monday afternoon, the legal representatives of the group held a press conference outside the Oklahoma Supreme Court to announce their actions. The lawyers stressed that the Tulsa race massacre survivors should be able to seek and get justice, and they were optimistic about the case’s chances of success.

Last Friday, an appeal was filed on behalf of the few remaining Tulsa Race Massacre survivors, all of whom have exceeded the age of 100. They are in the process of seeking reparations from the city and other entities implicated in the destruction of the once-thriving Greenwood, a vibrant Black community.

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The District Court’s Judge Caroline Wall dismissed the case in the previous month with prejudice, effectively ending the Tulsa Race Massacre survivors pursuit of legal redress for the tragic racist incident.

Solomon-Simmons, the individual who initiated the legal action using Oklahoma’s public nuisance statute, expressed his desire for the higher court to remand the case back to the district court for the purpose of conducting discovery and allowing a judge to make a substantive ruling.

According to the lawsuit, Tulsa’s prolonged legacy of racial strife and unease can be traced back to the massacre, when a furious white mob descended upon a 35-block region, engaging in acts of looting, violence, and arson that resulted in the complete destruction of the area. According to FOX News, the lawsuit claims that the Tulsa Race Massacre survivors were never compensated for their losses by the city and insurance companies. This event led to enduring racial and economic inequalities. The lawsuit aims to obtain an accurate record of lost property and wealth, establish a hospital in north Tulsa, and establish a compensation fund for victims, among other remedies.

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