MFAW-WA faculty member Keenan Norris‘s essay, “The Red Summer 1919/2019: The Hundredth Anniversary of a Current Crisis,” has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Here’s the essay’s opening paragraph:
“A. W. (ASHBY WELLINGTON) STEWART, my great-uncle, a US Navy veteran, plant worker, Palo Verde school district employee, and entrepreneur of trades all and sundry, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 1, 1921, two years after America’s Red Summer of 1919, when unparalleled vigilante violence against black communities spread from sea to shining sea, and three months before the episode that saw Tulsa’s black business district immolated, its population murdered, displaced, and forced, without evidence against them, without charges or trial, into what the coda to the 2001 Final Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 termed ‘concentration camps.'”
You can read the whole essay here.