This might have been a bit ambitious

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……

11 thoughts on “This might have been a bit ambitious”

  1. Theophrastus (2066)

    A black shoe-shine boy fancied a bit of inter-racial and got a little gropey. He was arrested, armed blacks turned up to protest at his arrest and it escalated horribly. What about the white ‘victims’ in this tragedy?

  2. “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 heirs? You’re onto great grandchildren by now.

    And really… 3 old people who will probably sit in a wheelchair and dribble think they’re worth £1m for a day’s work? I’d have negotiated another $50K while trying not to laugh at being paid $100K.

  3. What’s the chance that some BLM-type activist saw an opportunity to try to leverage some “reparations” for themselves, misjudged it and blew the whole thing up.

  4. and the voting rights campaigner Stacey Abrams

    This is like describing Bernie Madoff as a “hedge fund innovator”.

  5. “one of the worst race massacres?”

    Bullshit..

    Hutu vs Tutsi killed half a million or so. Black Lives Matter, ho ho ho.

    Even the Japanese managed to kill tens of thousands of roundeye POWs

  6. @Theophrastus, not clear that the shoe shine boy did anything. Also there was clearly a lynching problem in Tulsa – although the last man lynched was a white accused murderer, which is out of line with the race baiting line. Reading the Wiki article, it looks like a fairly typical confused situation, with the police prepared to defend the accused, a white lynch mob getting ready to attack the police, a smaller, but better armed gang of blacks coming to the police’s aid – with someone having spread the story that the Sheriff had requested it. The police telling everyone to get lost. Tempers fray, a shot is fired and then many more whites are killed (fewer but better armed blacks getting the initial upper hand). Widespread rioting as whites attack a black neighbourhood. It takes time to restore order. Was racism a factor? Yes. How much, difficult to say.

    The part of the wiki story that shows absurd credulity is the “Franklin account”, which suggests aerial attack, multiple machine guns and a variety of other exaggerations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_massacre#Franklin_account

    And afterwards, it is clear that the local establishment took advantage of the situation to drive the blacks from their neighbourhoods. But, the authorities of the day do seem to have acted with at least some semblance of balance – the national guard (who do seem to have only taken blacks into custody – although for their protection?) did shoot a white man dead for failing to stop when ordered after the riot. The national guard repulsed attempts by white rioters to arm themselves from a guard armoury.

    The list of riots in the US is interesting. Clearly the 20th century was mainly black vs white rioting, but there’s a sprinkling of anti-Asian and anti-recent immigrant ones as well.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_riots#United_States

  7. Hilarious. People who deserve nothing and are too old to spend $20k, rejecting a real $100k in favour of an imaginary million.

    That is, in a nutshell, why black America is fucked.

  8. living survivors, aged 100…

    1921…2021? Plainly he or she would have been a very active participant in the riots.

  9. BoM4 said: “And really… 3 old people who will probably sit in a wheelchair and dribble think they’re worth £1m for a day’s work? I’d have negotiated another $50K while trying not to laugh at being paid $100K.”
    Maybe the lawyer got a bit over-ambitious for them? I bet the bugger was rubbing his/her hands in anticipation.

  10. It’s always worth remembering the origin of “lynching”: a punishment meted out by “Patriots” against Loyalists in the American War of Independence.

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