The recent murders that occurred in my hometown of Tulsa Oklahoma this past weekend prompted me to write about racial tension that still occurs in this nation.

Growing up in North Tulsa Oklahoma as a child, I was never told or educated about one of the worse race riots in Americas history that happen right in the city that I was born. In 1921, Tulsa’s Greenwood District was a hub for prospering black businesses that it would soon be given the name “Black Wall Street”. It was a very tight nit community where the people supported one another; in fact, a one dollar bill would circulate in the “Black Wall Street” district at one hundred times before it left the community.

During the summer of 1921, a white female elevator operator claimed that a young black man entered the elevator and touched her inappropriately which sparked one of the most terrible race riots in this country’s history. The entire district was bombed and burned to the ground due to racial tensions!

Fast forward to Good Friday 2012, a white male goes on a shooting spree targeting blacks in North Tulsa in retaliation and hate for African-Americans. My thoughts are with those families who lost loved ones to this senseless act of rage and I am thankful that none of my own family members were harmed by this man!

As I look back in time to at least one hundred years ago, it seems that the more things change the more they stay the same!