Race Massacre survivors, descendants testify before congress in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C., Okla. — The last three survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and descendants testified before Congress Wednesday. Tulsans 107-Year-old Viola Fletcher and 106-year-old Lessie Benningfield Randle were among speakers who traveled to DC to tell their story and call for justice and reparations before the House Judiciary Subcommittee.

Greg Robinson, who is also in Washington D.C. advocating on behalf of descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre, said it was a historic day. During an interview with FOX23, Robinson said “It’s incredibly powerful- the story of the resilience of these Race Massacre survivors. Even just getting to tell their story in DC.” He added, “Their flight was delayed, they weren’t able to eat, Mother Fletcher was working off of three hours of sleep and yet I was of privilege to be in the Chamber today listening to her and the other survivors deliver their truth.”

Robinson said millions of dollars of property damage and horrific loss were never compensated for and survivors and descendants have still not been brought to justice 100 years later. Potential legal remedies to compensate survivors and descendants were also discussed. Robinson said, “We have a crime that was committed, a racial act of terror and there’s been no recompense for it. We have to provide economic payment for the crimes of the Tulsa Race Massacre.”

Robinson said survivors and descendants were also able to meet privately with Vice President Kamala Harris. He said they aren’t just asking for reparations at the federal level, but also the local level. Robinson said, “From this point on it’s about policy, it’s about putting the pieces in place so we can truly bring reparation to the victims and their descendants of this horrific crime.”