Chairman of State Party Makes Plea for Violence End
TULSA—The chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party recently called for an end to violence.
Alicia Andrews, the first Black to head the state party, made that call from the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (decidedly among the most violent race riots in the nation’s history) as she announced the Oklahoma delegate votes during her party’s national convention.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (Dem., Calif.) were nominated by the convention as president and vice president nominees, respectively.
“Ninety-nine years ago, racial violence devastated a thriving Black community here in Tulsa,” Mrs. Andrews said during the convention’s roll call of the states.
“Today, hatred still lives in our nation. But so does resolve. Oklahoma refused to let ourselves be defined by division then. And our nation must turn back the tide of violence again now.”
The state Democratic Party chairman then cast 13 of the state’s delegates to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Dem., Vt.) and 24 delegates to Mr. Biden.
Mrs. Andrews, who lives in Tulsa, said there was no disagreement between state and national party leaders about the setting for Oklahoma’s 15-second appearance: the Greenwood district of Tulsa, once known as Black Wall Street, where white mobs killed an estimated 300 Black residents in 1921.