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Lawsuit For 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Reparations Dismissed By OK Judge

July 10, 2023 | By Kali Girl

In a significant setback for survivors of the tragic 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, an Oklahoma judge has rejected a lawsuit aiming to secure reparations and legal justice for the horrific racially motivated violence, reports ABC News.

Judge Caroline Wall, delivering her ruling on Friday, dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, effectively extinguishing the hope of obtaining recompense from the city and other entities responsible for the destruction of the once-vibrant Greenwood district, widely known as the Black Wall Street.

The case, initiated in 2020 by three survivors of the devastating attack, all of whom have surpassed the remarkable milestone of 100 years of age, sought a semblance of justice within their lifetimes, as expressed by their attorney.

Unfortunately, their pursuit for accountability has been met with disappointment as their legal efforts were thwarted by Judge Wall’s decision.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said in a statement, “The city remains committed to finding the graves of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre victims, fostering economic investment in the Greenwood District, educating future generations about the worst event in our community’s history, and building a city where every person has an equal opportunity for a great life.”

A spokesperson for the survivors—Lessie Benningfield Randle, Viola Fletcher, and Hughes Van Ellis—declined to comment on their plans for a potential appeal, according to their attorney.

However, an advocacy group supporting the lawsuit strongly hinted at the likelihood of challenging Judge Wall’s decision.

In a concise ruling, Judge Wall, who identifies as a ‘Constitutional Conservative’ based on previous campaign questionnaires, cited the arguments put forth by the city, regional chamber of commerce, and various state and local government agencies as the basis for dismissing the case.

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