NBA Star Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards tweeted on February 18th, 2021, that he would be the executive producer of a History Channel Documentary, on the 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma Race Massacre. The name of the project is “Tulsa Burning”, and it is directed by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams. Brian Welk of “The Wrap Reports”, he History Channel has ordered a two-hour documentary film called ‘Tulsa Burning” about the 1921 Greenwood massacre in Tulsa, one of the worst acts of racist violence in American history.”
“The documentary will be directed by “Freedom Riders” filmmaker Stanley Nelson along with duPont Award winner Marco Williams, and NBA superstar Russell Westbrook will executive produce the documentary along with Donnell Beverly, president of Russell Westbrook Enterprises.”
“Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” (working title) will debut later this summer to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the massacre, in which a mob of white residents, many of them even deputized by city officials, attacked Black residents and burned local businesses and houses to the ground, destroying what was the wealthiest Black neighborhood in the country at the time known as “Black Wall Street.” Initial reports from the time recorded 36 people dead and thousands of Black residents interned in hospitals and large facilities.”
One of the most horrific events in American History will finally be featured in this film, we have been taught by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that we cannot trust them to accurately depict the history of their evil, so we must be cautious when these kinds of films come out. Those of us who are learned in such subjects can easily distinguish the truth from falsehood. Let us hope that this film is grounded with the truth and will illustrated the black struggle truthfully. With the help of Russell Westbrook maybe this collaboration will prove to be fruitful.
NNV Writer Hasan Ali