The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that events associated with the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre could be targeted by white supremacists, a source familiar with the issue told CNN.
The source told the outlet that a bulletin issued to the department states that the events “probably are attractive targets for some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist-white supremacists to commit violence.”
In 1921, white mobs took the streets in Tulsa, burning down businesses and killing hundreds of people on Black Wall Street — a section of Tulsa called the Greenwood District. The harrowing event became know as the Tulsa Race Massacre.
The May 31 marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic event.
There are several events set for the anniversary next week. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is set to speak at a Remember & Rise commemoration event.
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The oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Viola Fletcher, testified before Congress last week about her memories from the event.
“I will never forget the violence of the white mob when we left our home,” she said. “I still see Black men being shot, Black bodies lining the street. I still smell smoke and see fire. I still see Black businesses being burned. I still hear airplanes flying overhead. I hear the screams.”
The Hill has reached out to DHS for comment.