Celine Castronuovo, The Hill, June 1, 2021
President Biden on Tuesday compared the white mob that attacked Black residents in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921 to the “white supremacists” who marched in the far-right “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., four years ago.
Biden made the remarks during a speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, urging Americans to address the racism that fueled the attack, which he said remains a “stain on the soul of America.”
“What happened in Greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism with a through line that exists today still,” Biden said, referring to the once-thriving Black neighborhood in Tulsa where hundreds of residents were killed.
“Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television,” the president continued. “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the KKK [were] coming out of those fields at night in Virginia with lighted torches, the veins bulging as they were screaming.”
The president then noted remarks from Viola Fletcher, 107, one of the last living survivors of the Tulsa massacre, who said she was deeply saddened to see pro-Trump rioters storm the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“She said it reminded her of what happened here in Greenwood a hundred years ago,” the president added.