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Biden Vows to End ‘Systemic Racism’ on Greenwood Anniversary

  • President proclaims day of remembrance honoring Tulsa massacre
  • Biden to travel to Tulsa this week to mark 100th anniversary
Biden speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 31.

Biden speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 31.

Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/UPI/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden vowed to “root out systemic racism” in a statement Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, which wiped out one of the nation’s most prosperous Black neighborhoods.

Biden will travel to the Oklahoma city this week to commemorate the massacre that took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when a White mob destroyed Tulsa’s Greenwood district, known as “Black Wall Street” for its abundance of Black-owned businesses. An unknown number of people were killed, with estimates ranging from 50 to 300.