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Russell Westbrook’s Tulsa Race Massacre documentary will air on the History Channel

by | Feb 22, 2021 | Entertainment

Russel Westbrook has teamed up with the​ History Channel​ to produce a documentary on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. The documentary, titled ​Tulsa Burning​, is set to release in the spring.

The massacre the documentary will focus on began with the accusation of assault by a 19 year old black man against a 17-year-old white woman. As whites in the community threatened to lynch the accused man, many black men jumped to his defense. A deadly racially charged riot ensued, resulting in the white mob destroying what was deemed “Black Wall Street”, Tulsa’s wealthy Greenwood District. It is known as one of the deadliest acts of racial violence in the history of the United States.

The production of the film comes as Westbrook hopes to spread awareness to the incident. According to TMZ​, the star point guard had never heard of the massacre prior to arriving to Oklahoma City in 2009.

It is speculated by many, including historians, that the massacre has been underreported and perhaps even covered up. With Westbrook’s push to educate the public on the tragedy and his partnership with a major television channel such as History, there is a good chance this upcoming series will reinvigorate the public’s interest in the horrific tragedy.

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