Juneteenth celebrations create division

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 6/18/2013 9:04 am Published: 6/18/2013 1:41 am

Juneteenth celebrations have created division among some Tulsans. Festivities will take place on Greenwood as well as the Brady District this weekend.

The Brady District's history is what is making some angry.

"It wasn't a riot. It was a massacre," said James Johnson.

Johnson's grandmother survived the 1921 Race Riots. She made him promise to never set foot in the Brady District. Johnson said Tate Brady, the man for whom the Brady District is named, was a member of the KKK.

"We've been had, we've been took, we've been hoodwinked, we've been led astray," said Johnson.

Johnson told FOX23 he's upset with Fred Jones, who has agreed to organize Juneteenth events in the Brady District.

"I just want to promote that oneness, that unity," said Jones. "This is not about Tate Brady; this is about one Tulsa, and community unity. Moving forward, Tulsa will be a better place."

Johnson said Jones sold out.

"He did it because they were going to make money and taking money from the Greenwood District," said Johnson.

Juneteenth festivities will take place at the same time in both locations this weekend.

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Gordon - 6/19/2013 10:10 AM
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James Johnson sounds like a racist himself. Why is he saying the Juneteenth festival in the Brady District is stealing money from Greenwood? No one but blacks attend the Juneteenth on Greenwood, but now lots of people will attend Juneteenth at Guthrie Green. That's not money "stolen" from Greenwood since none of the people attending would have gone to the Greenwood one. Fact.

RozlynnX - 6/18/2013 3:02 PM
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Mayor Maynot - 6/18/2013 2:59 PM
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Geeee if it upsets you that much #8 ^|] why call yourselves African Americans ??? 'twas Africans that sold you into slavery.

GeodeHunter - 6/18/2013 9:18 AM
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Any celebration designed for one particular racial group is divisive and abusive to those who fight for equality. It should be ended immediately.

Indeginous - 6/18/2013 8:10 AM
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First, I'm thrilled to have the Juneteenth back. Though I'm not African American this has always been one of my favorite Tulsa celebrations/festivals. I always run into friends from junior high and high school that I haven't seen in years. As for the Brady District and Tate Brady, in particular, I say bring it on. I'm against changing the name of the Brady District because keeping the name is an every day reminder of the vile, deranged man that he was, and how his life ended in ruins. We will NEVER forget Tulsa's sordid history of what Tate Brady and the KKK did to people; rounding them up and tarring people. (African Americans) We will never forget the massacre that happened in Greenwood. If we were to exhume Tate Brady's body we'd find a hole in his skull from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He died a beaten, old man that commit suicide. He lost. The rest of us won. Every day when we say, 'The Brady District" we remember not a bigshot man about Tulsey Town, but the man that was a racists and murderer that died at his own hands; beaten by life. Bring on Juneteenth!

Anpu83 - 6/18/2013 3:44 AM
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If it isn't bad enough the baseball field is enough of the mockery just Change the name like you do everything else around the city is a joke And it's not funny it's sad You waste money on nothing building nothing making or Nor making it a better place to live

pen25 - 6/18/2013 2:17 AM
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wow. try as they might i will always call the district for what it was named for. Brady street. they are welcome to come. if they dont want to then they dont have too. think they need to read the article about how the black community in detroit has embraced the wall as a sign of what they have overcame.
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