This weekend in Tulsa, the president held his first marketing campaign rally since March, after the coronavirus pandemic suspended the marketing campaign path. “So we begin, Oklahoma we begin. Thank you, Oklahoma!” It was additionally the weekend of Juneteenth. For many black Americans, Juneteenth is a celebration of the finish of slavery in this nation. This was a second that resulted in scenes like this. “You are a sellout!” ”Black folks die [inaudible]” [shouting] The timing of the president’s rally, on the weekend of Juneteenth, additionally comes at a time the place there have been weeks of nationwide protests in opposition to racism and police brutality. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” It is especially poignant in the South, and in Tulsa, as a result of of the historical past of racial oppression right here. Rather than a president that confirmed deference to the racial historical past of this metropolis or to attempt to additional the efforts of racial reconciliation, we noticed him upend them. “About the first grade, we came to Tulsa. We moved to Tulsa. So, I kind of grew up on Greenwood. When I entered college and took black history, and my professor, he said, ‘Do you all know about the race massacre?’ And we were all like, ‘No. We had a riot here?’ You know. And he was just like, ‘OK, so everybody sit down and listen to this story.’” In the early 1900s, the Greenwood space of Tulsa was a thriving black neighborhood. “African-Americans, two generations out of slavery, pursued and exhibited black excellence.” “We had our own banks and hospitals and theaters and restaurants.” But that success didn’t sit properly with the white group. And in 1921, after a black man was accused of disrespecting a white girl, issues escalated. A white mob burned and looted Black Wall Street. “The violence lasted roughly 16 hours.” “They shot. They looted. They bombed.” “They threw bodies in the river. They threw them in mass graves.” “When the dust settled, some 100 to 300 people were killed. At least 1,250 homes were destroyed in the black community. Schools, churches and business were destroyed as well.” “Total devastation, like a war zone. What happened here was a momentous tragic event.” “That was the worst horrific story that I ever heard in my life.” “This church, we were building in 1921, our sanctuary — they destroyed that. And our basement miraculously survived. The damage on this pillar comes from when concrete burned. In this room, also we have soil collections from the different sites where people were killed.” After years of ignoring the bloodbath, many in Tulsa wish to make it entrance and middle of the group’s dialog. They arrange this bipartisan fee to do a quantity of initiatives to deliver ahead the problem of racial reconciliation and commemorate the centennial anniversary of the bloodbath. And some establishments have apologized. “I’m sorry that the police department did not protect its citizens during the tragic days of 1921.” The onerous half has been what to do subsequent. “We demand reparations in honor of all those Americans that were killed! We demand reparations now!” “Saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not repentance. You know, saying ‘I’m sorry’ just recognizes what you did is wrong. Repentance is turning away from what you did that makes you sorry. Before you can even get to atonement, we have to have a society that admits that white supremacy is wrong. We’ve got to have a society that admits that black lives matter.” The president has tried to current himself as a unifying determine, as somebody who can deliver the nation collectively, notably in occasions of these twin crises: the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide unrest round race and racial inequality. But this weekend exhibits his challenges on that entrance and the incapability of this administration to, frankly, get out of its personal means. Juneteenth is, for a lot of black Americans, a celebration of the emancipation of slavery. The president initially introduced a rally on Juneteenth. When you discuss to folks, they are saying there was a second of disbelief that the president was coming to Tulsa. “My first reaction was, ‘How disrespectful.’ I felt like it was a slap in the face.” And after pleas, even from Republican senators in the state, he moved the rally to the subsequent day.” “Beep beep. Beep beep. It’s important to me because it’s history, it’s freedom. Girl, you’re looking good. It’s good to see you, long time. It’s education.” “You want to make America great again? You have to make Black Wall Street great again.” “And it’s important this year because people get to see that, hey, they’re still fighting for a cause, but they’re celebrating our freedom.” “To come on the weekend of Juneteenth shows that he has still not that much respect for our sacred day.” Ultimately, the president’s rally wasn’t as massive as his marketing campaign had hoped. But the significance of this weekend is seen in scenes like this. “I see you back there shaking your head. Yes, sir, black lives matter.” And one of the takeaways round this second, round race in this nation, has been the shifting public opinion about questions of systemic racism and protracted inequality. “No justice!” “No peace!” “No justice!” “No peace!” That lack of acknowledgement places him at odds with even some members of his personal occasion. The president’s technique on race and on different points has simply narrowed his path to re-election. He has not proven a willingness to attempt to increase his base, leaving him pretty reliant on an analogous group of voters that acquired him elected in 2016 to take action once more in 2020.