State Rep. Nichols resigns from Race Massacre commission

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma State Rep. Monroe Nichols announced his resignation from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission on Tuesday in the fallout from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s signing of controversial House Bill 1775.

Nichols sent his resignation in a letter to State Sen. Kevin Matthews.

Nichols said being on the commission has been “one of the highlights of my public life.”

He cited the recent signing by the governor -- and fellow commission member -- of legislation banning certain topics on race and gender in his decision to resign.

“Governor Stitt has chosen to align himself with folks who want to re-write or prohibit the full intellectual of our history, which is in direct conflict with the spirit of the commission I joined several years ago,” Nichols says in his letter.

The commission criticized Stitt on Tuesday, but did not choose to have him removed.