This newspaper has never forgotten the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — and its fight continues

TULSA, Okla.  —  

Jim Goodwin ran his thumb over the screen of his iPhone, reading a rough draft of a newspaper editorial.

In 300 words, the author recounted one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history and offered a stark suggestion to Tulsa officials as the 100th anniversary of the massacre approaches: Don’t get so caught up in meeting the centenary deadline that you botch plans for a museum that at long last will properly address the atrocity.

Goodwin — the publisher of the Oklahoma Eagle, the city’s black-owned weeklynewspaper — nodded as he read the draft.

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“I wish we had used ‘Shame on Tulsa’ somewhere in the piece,” said Goodwin, 80. “But this is good.”

By Kurtis Lee, LA Times
Featured Image, Oklahoma Eagle Publisher Jim Goodwin with his West Highland white terrier, Annie, at the paper’s offices. (Ian Maule / For The Times)
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