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Letters to the Editors

Little known story of Black Wall Street

To the Editor:

I am aware that this is not February, but still I would like to expose a little black history not about MLK, Miss Rosa or the “Peanut Man.” Have you ever heard of “The Black Wall Street,” established 1901, ended 1921? I hadn’t.

Well, it was a huge black and Native American community located in Tulsa, Okla. It was labeled that because it consisted of more than a thousand of the wealthiest attorneys, doctors, jewelers, etc. It held many five-star hotels, restaurants and high-end shopping.

But unfortunately it was destroyed on Memorial Day weekend in 1921 at the hands of terrorists, but not Muslims, Isis, Daesh, Al-Shabaab nor Boko Haram. This was the work of some homegrown terrorists, most likely Christian. They were local folk, assuredly white.

Firebombs were dropped from the air onto buildings (to think planes had only recently been invented), while the ground forces went on a massive killing spree. Forty-eight hours later more than 300 black lives were lost.

Witnesses say that some of the bodies were thrown into mass graves, with a few even dumped into the Arkansas River. May their souls find peace. Houses and businesses were looted before being burnt. More than 6,000 black folks were arrested or rounded up and detained for days by the National Guard. All that was left were smoldering ruins and homeless people.

The next Black History month, maybe we should skip the usual stories and do a little work to find some of the true black history. It might help us understand why some of the current situations are as they are. It only takes Google and the push of a button on your I-Phone. Why not use it wisely?

Rich Pinnick

Lockport

Let companies pay for roads

To the Editor:

Yes, Darcie Gabrisko, it did take a lot of guts to pass the gas tax.

I’ll say it again: let the companies that have all the warehouses in Will County pay for the roads they have destroyed with the truck traffic.

Remember the aimless drivers I have written about? Well, one of them managed to hit the viaduct at Richards and Washington streets clearly marked 11-feet clearance. He wasn’t the first and won’t be the last, guaranteed.

So put your civil engineering to good use and figure out how to direct these trucks wandering around side streets in Will County, and maybe hire a few more people to help you.

Larry Placher

Joliet

Why vote on a secret deal?

To the Editor:

How could anyone in their right mind vote on a secret deal? They could have voted to give the stadium away, declare nuclear war on Russia; only Mike Madigan or our POTUS could have thought of this.

It’s good to have Joliet pride and competitive spirit, but suddenly DuPage County money is poisonous? It’s about time we got some of that money down here. Hopefully it’s contagious even if it’s only a little fallout. My only problem is maybe they’re being too cheap since they’re a group of rich doctors and caregivers.

Thomas Cechner

Lockport

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