Negroes Say Greed of Tulsa Whitesed Rioting

The New York Tribune/June 13, 1921

Refugee Group on Platform at Protest Meeting Held by Colored Protective Organization in Harlem

The African Blood Brotherhood, a negro organization formed as a protection against lynchings and race riots, held a mass meeting yesterday afternoon at the Palace Casino, Madison Avenue and 135th Street, to protest the outrage at Tulsa, in which eighty-five persons were killed.

On the platform were a party of refugees who fled from Tulsa when the mob moved toward the negro quarters. The Commander of the Tulsa Post of the brotherhood, who was to have been the chief speaker, was detained elsewhere and did not appear. His place was taken by Richard Moore, of the editorial staff of The Emancipator.

The hall was filled when Moore began to speak. He referred to the warning printed in the Tulsa newspapers before the riot started for all negroes to leave, and said that a similar warning in The Omaha Bee had preceded the race riot there. The desire of the wealthy whites to possess oil lands held by negroes in Tulsa was the cause of the trouble, he said, and added that United States marines were occupying Hayti for similar reasons. He referred to the well-to-do negroes of Tulsa who sided with the rioters as parasites and “black rascals.”

“President Harding, at Lincoln University, said that the trouble with popular government is that citizenship expects too much from the government,” Moore said. “If the colored race is to come into its own, it must be by its own efforts.” He said that not much was to be expected from the Congressional commissions appointed to investigate the Tulsa riot.

“When white men leave their own quarters to come over into the negro quarter with the avowed intention of shooting and burning, then, I say, there is no recourse left to the negroes but to arm and defend themselves,” he added.

The negroes, he declared, were going to live in peace with the white men of America, and would teach them a lesson in peace and decency. While there were fewer lynchings now than formerly he said, there were more race riots. He called them a shame and a disgrace.