An event to mark the centenary of one of the worst race massacres has been cancelled in a dispute over payments to descendants of three hundred black Americans and three living survivors.
White mobs destroyed 35 blocks of Tulsa in Oklahoma during a two-day rampage in 1921, also known as the Black Wall Street Massacre because it targeted the wealthiest African-American community in the country.
Plans for a concert today featuring the singer John Legend and the voting rights campaigner Stacey Abrams collapsed after a lawyer for the three living survivors, aged 100, 106 and 107, raised their demand for payment for attending from $100,000 to $1 million each. A second demand for proceeds from the ticketed concert for a fund for heirs of those who lost their lives, homes or businesses was increased from $2 million to $50 million.
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission said it could not agree to the last-minute terms and called off the event but plans to go ahead with a candlelit vigil tonight.
Grifters gonna grift but really……