Photos Show Black Gun Owners Marching on Tulsa’s Black Wall Street

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Hundreds of Black gun owners marched on “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this weekend chanting “Black power!” and carrying signs demanding reparations for the massacre that occurred in the city 100 years ago. In 1921, white mobs killed as many as 300 Black Americans in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa and leveled the affluent, 35-block center for Black commerce and entrepreneurship. More than 1,000 homes and businesses, built from the ground up by the city’s segregated population, were looted and burned down. To commemorate the lives lost and continue the fight for racial equality, 15 pro-Black gun rights organizations descended on the town and encouraged their communities to take advantage of the right to bear arms for self-defense. The march, considered one of the largest recent gatherings of Black gun rights activists, included: The New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, the Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt Pistol and Rifle Gun Club of Central Texas, the Anubis Arms Gun Club, and the Panther Special Operations Command. “The March was successful simply because we were able to educate the community about their legal rights,” Yafeuh Balogun, a co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and an organizer of the march, told VICE News. Participants trekked from MLK Jr. Blvd. and Pine Street through Greenwood chanting “Black power” and “power to the people” for more than two hours. Many of the participants also […]

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