This is a quick overview of what happened to Tulsa, OK’s “Black Wall Street” in 1921.
The black population grew to prominent, too successful, so they were literally massacred. They were bombed by the US government. The United States of America sanctioned the firebombing of the black population of a major city prevent “a Negro uprising”.
Most people don’t know which US city was the first in history to be attacked by air, and this is why
the OP’s summary is inaccurate and polarizing. please actually read the article.
although the jealousy and resentment of racist groups, particularly kkk leaders, toward the successful blacks was a significant element, the political context is much larger, stemming from unjust laws perpetrated by former slaveowners fleeing the south after the civil war, and the tipping point was inflammatory reporting by the newspaper equivalent of today’s fox news.
it was the newspaper that spread the idea of a lynching for the black boy accused of assaulting a white girl in the elevator — even though police had been keeping the investigation quiet to avoid stirring up the populace, particularly since the two teenagers were friends, and the girl pressed no charges, and the circumstances suggested she only screamed because she was startled by him tripping and colliding with her, not because he’d hurt her.
he was detained for questioning by a black police officer, and being moved to the more secure jail was a response to an anonymous death threat against him, not an assumption of guilt.
the police and the oklahoma national guard defended him against several attempted lynch mobs. although the police and guard were mainly white, they were on the side of justice, not race; they staunchly guarded the courthouse and turned away every attempt at frontier justice — as well as a number of offers of help from armed local blacks, who were understandably expecting things to escalate.
once things tipped over into exchanges of gunfire, mobs of white men began burning, looting, and massacring people. also notable in the article: they went into white homes and demanded at gunpoint that black employees be turned over to them. some whites still refused, and were beaten and their homes vandalized as a result. in other words, this was not simply whites versus blacks; this was the kkk and a mob of racist assholes against the entire city.
as for the bombing by air, no one’s entirely sure wtf happened there. police said they were spotter planes, some witnesses said they dropped incendiaries, but so much shit was on fire by then that it’s really hard to be sure precisely what happened. the planes certainly didn’t start the fires. if they did drop incendiaries, they did not do so at the orders or instigation of the us government.
tl;dr it’s a complicated moment in history, and well worth studying.