‘We need reparations now’: Tulsa wants to dismiss lawsuit from massacre survivors.
Updated: Jun 2, 2021
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When Joe Biden visited the city to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a racist massacre that displaced thousands of Black residents and killed as many as 300, Tulsa civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said he told the president that “we don’t need any more studies, we don’t need any more commissions, we don’t need any more meetings.”
“Our people have been clear,” Mr Solomon-Simmons told reporters on 2 June. “We need reparations, and we need reparations now.”
The attorney represents the massacre’s three known survivors, an historic African American church and descendants of victims seeking reparations from the city and state after decades of neglect and festering racial disparities that followed 14 hours of violence in 1921.
Lawsuits seeking reparations for the victims of the massacre were also dismissed in 2003 and 2004.