TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa’s city leaders are divided over whether to rename a popular downtown street named for a businessman who was in the Ku Klux Klan.

But some residents worry a drawn-out fight could send the message that the city still embraces intolerance.

Council members informally split 4-4 Thursday on whether to take Wyatt Tate Brady‘s name off a street. He helped found Tulsa a century ago and may have helped kindle a 1921 race riot.

A ninth member was absent and could break the tie at next week’s formal vote.

Some residents say Tulsa should keep Brady Street but use his story as a way to teach future generations about the dangers of racial intolerance.

Others question why the city would keep a street name linked to the oppression of blacks.

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5 thoughts on “Tulsa Will Try Again to Overcome Racial Divide

  1. Rayar Johnson on said:

    August 12,2013

    Please, Please Help us! In the February 14,2013 Wayne County Newspaper,( Front Page) It tells of the school violations and bullying and harassment my children have suffered in the WCSD,Mississippi. But, it did not mention that the latest of those threats were from the school KKK note. Now, this same girl where two knifes were found on her is back at school and sitting behind my child on their bus.
    This is not the first racial discrimination . My kids have a right to a safe school environment.
    The WCSD said they would handle it and they would prosecute and she would not be back on that campus. They would not tell me one court date no notification, just it’s been handled. 911 did not even send an officer at my request the day of.
    The children are shocked and scared. I beg for justice. I do not know why help for justice is so hard. They are not going back to school until they are represented. This is sad that anyone would think we are okay with this.

  2. Stop Thomas. Don’t answer this fool. Besides their is no racial devide in Tulsa. Everyone gets along just fine. It is just a few who have their feelings easly hurt. I have lived here all my life and never once have I felt discriminated against. I love my community and everyone in it. Even those who want to keep the street name for what they say it history sake. And they are right. You can run from the past. we can learn from history so it never repeats itself. This is one black man who says keep it.

  3. Thomas423 on said:

    What about the whites that are unemployed? Are you saying there are no whites on welfare? You may want to first learn what racial divide is, before you start making such ignorant comments that have no truth to them.

  4. JanCorey on said:

    To overcome the racial-divide, all that has to happen is to require that blacks become employed and then we can abolish the welfare system since it will then become non-needed imo. Simple.

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