President Biden departs Tulsa after Greenwood speech

TULSA, Okla. — President Joe Biden arrived in Tulsa on Tuesday afternoon for a visit to commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre centennial.

Biden acknowledged the tragedy of the massacre that killed about 300 Black Tulsans in a proclamation issued on Monday.

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The president arrived at Tulsa International Airport around 1 p.m.

Biden toured the Greenwood Cultural Center and spoke to the public afterward about acknowledging the tragedies of the massacre and his plans for combating the racial wealth gap.

“We can’t just choose what we want to learn,” Biden said.

“We have to choose what we should know, the good the bad everything. Great nations come to terms and we are a great nation. I come to fill the silence because in silence wounds deepen.”

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He’s expected to leave Tulsa by 5 p.m.

Biden briefly met with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt during his visit. It was the first in-person meeting between the two.

“I was honored to welcome President Biden to Oklahoma as he visits Tulsa to commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre,” Stitt said in a statement.

“Our conversation was brief, but productive. While President Biden and I have our policy disagreements, I am committed to working with his administration where possible to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state.”

Biden’s visit marks the second straight year a sitting U.S. President visited Tulsa after former President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at the BOK Center in June 2020.