Fred Weinberg: Yes, We Should Learn About the Tulsa Massacre in History Books - But That Doesn't Make the Dem Narrative True


I have a very personal relationship with Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I arrived there on July 5, 1982 — a date that should be memorialized in banking history as the day the FDIC shut down the Penn Square Bank. I sold my radio stations and left for good in 1997 headed to Las Vegas, where we had purchased a radio station.

In the interim, I owned radio stations all over the state and was active in politics.

Today, the so-called media is making a big deal out of something that happened 100 years ago — the race riot that destroyed the Greenwood area which is now referred to as “black Wall Street.”

Here’s the problem with Gayle King’s narrative on CBS:

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Not only did this horrible tragedy happen 100 years ago; it was fomented in part by the Ku Klux Klan — which, 100 years ago, was the domestic terror arm of the Democratic Party.

So, we have the very rich spectacle of today’s liberal white Democrats whining about something yesterday’s Democratic Klansman did 100 years ago. And Oprah’s best friend telling the story on the most liberal of the legacy networks.

That plus a whole bunch of people whining that today’s school system didn’t teach us all about it.

That’s funny. I arrived on a Monday amid all the coverage of the closing of the Penn Square Bank and by Friday had the complete story of the massacre for the asking.

Do you think the Tulsa Race Massacre is being misrepresented by Democrats?

First of all, the riot did happen — pretty much exactly as it has been described. It was not Oklahoma’s finest moment.

But nothing you or I or probably our ancestors could do would have any effect today. Liberal activists are making a living demanding reparations. Here’s an idea: Make the Democratic Party pony up the money. It’ll never happen. Because even if you could find a way to fairly distribute the money, it would involve the Democrats giving us a whiff of honesty — an act of which they are incapable.

Then there is the issue of the businesspeople losing the ability to pass on their success to their children.

Here is the problem with that:

In 1929, we had the Great Depression. Who is to say which businesses would have survived and which would have perished?

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White-owned businesses fail every day. So do black-owned businesses. Being in business is tough, and you don’t get extra credit for being a minority.

Finally, there is the issue of mass graves. If there is a way to give names to those who were killed, it should absolutely be done.

But here the liberal Democrats go again, developing a new way to rewrite history to fit their narrative.

Yes, something terrible happened 100 years ago.

The details are well-known and, without preaching, should probably be included in history curriculums. But so should the truth.

And the truth is that on May 31, 1921, the Tim McVeighs of the day — domestic terrorists backed by the Democratic Party — destroyed part of Tulsa where black Americans had enjoyed some success. It was not a moment that today’s liberal Democrats should be preaching to the rest of us about.

But it did happen 100 years ago, and we should all make sure it never happens again. Because that is all we can do, 100 years later.

End of story.

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Fred Weinberg is the publisher of the Penny Press, an online publication based in Reno, Nevada ( He also is the CEO of the USA Radio Networks and several companies which own or operate radio stations throughout the United States. He has spent 53 years in journalism at every level from small town weekly newspapers to television networks. He can be reached at You can subscribe, free, to the Penny Press weekly email on the website.