Race in America series

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Racial injustice should not be compared, as lived experiences between Asian, Black and Brown communities may not be the same.  There may be wealth and cultural disparities, and moves to exclude one group as less important than the other only brings further division.  

CGTN America looks at how some groups seek to cross those bridges, and illustrates how different minority groups have stood up for each other over the years. 

More on our Race in America series.

Tulsa pastor educates community of city’s racist past

Tulsa Oklahoma is marking the 100th anniversary of a brutal race massacre. In 1921, a white mob stormed the Greenwood District, a prosperous African-American neighborhood also known as “Black Wall Street”. Up to 300 people were killed. More than 1,200 homes and businesses were destroyed. Now a Pastor in the heart of Greenwood is leading a fight for reparations — a way to acknowledge the past, while looking to the future. CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports.


The history of ‘Black Wall Street’

A hundred years ago in Tulsa Oklahoma an angry white mob attacked a prosperous African American neighborhood officially known as Greenwood, but often called Black Wall Street.

More than 1,200 homes and businesses were destroyed. Up to 300 people were killed.

But until recently this troubling chapter of Americans history was rarely discussed. It has come to be known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports.


“Black Wall Street”: Tragedy and resurrection following a devastating race massacre

In 1921 an angry white mob descended on the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They destroyed nearly every building in Greenwood and historians estimate as many as 300 people may have died.

The event has come to be known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Before the attack Greenwood was known as “Black Wall Street”—it was one of the few places in the heavily segregated United States where African Americans were prospering.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports.


Asian and Black activists join together to fight racism

Asian and Black activists have come together in recent months in the fight against racism. That’s despite years of differences and tensions between the two groups. CGTN’s Dan Williams takes us to Chicago, where one organization is looking to actively bridge the gap between the communities.


Minneapolis looks to future of policing after Chauvin verdict

Last month, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-and third-degree murder for the death of George Floyd, as well as second-degree manslaughter.

That outcome prompted the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the practices of the Minneapolis Police Department.

That spotlight on policing in the city is largely welcomed by civil rights groups.

CGTN’s Dan Williams reports.


Local newspaper recounts strained racial relations in Minneapolis

Minneapolis has become a focal point for civil rights protests over the last year following the murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin.

Floyd’s death prompted the world’s media to shine a spotlight on the city’s policing practices.

But as CGTN’s Dan Williams reports, one newspaper has been reporting similar stories for years.


George Floyd Justice in Policing Act awaits passage

May 25 marks the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

Although the now former police officer, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder, new legislation aimed at stopping similar deaths at the hands of police has yet to be passed by the U.S. Senate.

And as CGTN’s Dan Williams reports, civil rights groups are concerned the final draft will be watered down.


Memorial rally held to mark one year since death of George Floyd

Tuesday will mark one year since George Floyd ​died on a street corner in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Since then, there has been a murder conviction for Derek Chauvin, the White police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

And there has also been new legislation in several U.S. states banning or severely limiting the use of​police chokeholds.

But many in Minneapolis, and across the country, are calling for much greater change.


Future of Black-owned businesses in the U.S.

It’s been a year since the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement prompted a surge in support for Black-owned businesses in the U.S.

It became a vital boost for companies owned and run by African Americans, that have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn sparked by the pandemic.But there are concerns that support has already begun to disappear.

CGTN’s Sarah Walton reports from New York.

Native American tribes see successful rates of COVID-19 vaccinations

Native American tribes across the U.S. are celebrating a vaccination success story in the battle against COVID-19.

Despite being among the hardest hit, about 70% of the country’s 574 tribes have been fully vaccinated. Tribal leaders say that’s in large part thanks to tribal sovereignty and cultural values prioritizing the elderly.

It’s come as a surprise to many public health officials who had worried the Native American community would be vaccine resistant.

But deep-rooted and long-term inequalities still dominate the day-to-day reality for Native Americans. CGTN’s Jagruti Dave reports.

Racial wealth gap remains a growing problem across the US

The racial wealth gap in the U.S. and the chronic underinvestment in black businesses was the focus of a conference earlier Tuesday in Tulsa.

It took place just a short distance from the Greenwood area that was thriving economically right before the race massacre.

CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports.

Black Americans and Asian Americans stand together against racism

They are two very different groups of people confronting two parallel fights in the U.S. — One is the Black Lives Matter movement to end police brutality, the other is a campaign to end Asian hate. But each side is backing the other’s battle in a historic show of solidarity.

CGTN’s Liling Tan reports.

Tulsa searches for bodies of 1921 massacre victims

All eyes are on Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the city commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the race massacre there.

Hundreds of Black Tulsans are believed to have been killed after a white mob attacked them and burned down their part of town.

A century later, the city is getting closer to finding the remains of those who were killed.

CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports.

Tulsa Race Massacre remembered 100 years after the terror

100 years ago, the arrest of a Black man for allegedly assaulting a White woman sparked perhaps the worst episode of racial violence in U.S. history.

Hundreds of Blacks were killed in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, an event that was suppressed by the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for many years. The event is being remembered there now.

CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports.

Video Gallery: The 1921 attack on Black Wall Street in the U.S.

See the destructive aftermath of the 1921 massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An angry white mob burned the Greenwood district (known as Black Wall Street) down, killing over 300 people. U.S. President Biden will travel to Oklahoma Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre.

“Mayor” of Greenwood works to remember the neighborhood’s history

A century ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma an angry white mob attacked a prosperous African American neighborhood officially known as Greenwood, but often called Black Wall Street.

The neighborhood was destroyed. Up to 300 people were killed.

But until recently the massacre was rarely discussed.

A man they call “The Mayor of Greenwood” set out to change that.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman has our story.

A deeper look at areas damaged in Minneapolis riots after a year

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, a Black man murdered by a police officer in 2020, protests turned into riots.

Businesses were looted and destroyed.

CGTN’s Dan Williams, who was there a year ago, now returns to see how businesses are rebuilding.

Exhibitions to mark one year George Floyd anniversary

The trauma of George Floyd’s death a year ago manifested itself in many ways in Minneapolis.

Thousands took to the streets to protest the murder of an unarmed Black man by a White police officer. As the demonstrations turned violent, hundreds of shops and businesses were boarded up.

But as CGTN’s Dan Williams now reports, that in turn led to another creative outlet of protest.

Juneteenth: U.S. approves new holiday for emancipated slaves

June 19, 1865 marks a crucial day in U.S. history. It was the day that the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that they were freed, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the enslaved in the South in 1863.

The following year, the now freed people started celebrating the day, which would be known as Juneteenth. For centuries, the day was observed by the Black community with concerts, parades, educational events, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation.

On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden officially signed the bill that made Juneteenth a recognized federal holiday, the first new holiday since the 1980s. It takes effect immediately.

The day was a monumental occasion in Washington, D.C., and many are hoping that the news will continue to spark conversations around African American history and race relations.

Imani Cheers Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University discusses the history of the holiday, what it means for the Black community, and where the country goes from here, following the racial reckonings of 2020.

Episcopal seminary pays financial reparations to Black community

Should descendants of enslaved African Americans receive direct financial reparations?

A small Episcopal seminary in Virginia says yes.

They are taking a hard look at their own history and making cash payments to the ancestors of Black Americans that helped build their campus.

Illinois community becomes first to pay reparations

A bill to create a commission that would study the impacts of slavery and other atrocities has again been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

But whatever happens at the federal level, there are already other initiatives that are being implemented locally.