The President suspended the start of the rally campaign for the election from November to April due to the coronavirus epidemic.
But to tweet about this rally tonight, he said, “The big crowds and the lines already forming in Tulsa. My campaign hasn’t started yet. It starts on Saturday night in Oklahoma! “
The location of the rally and when it presents the dual controversies.
The state of Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa continue to face a daily upward trend in coronavirus cases.
While some parts of the world experience a second COVID-19 spike, much of America is still ascending the first curve, raising a lot of questions about the safety of a mass rally, even if social distance and masks are encouraged.
According to a health database with authority figures respected by The New York Times, there have been at least 9,706 cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma. As of Friday evening, at least 367 people had died.
Despite the upward trend, Republican Governor Kevin Stitt’s state has said that Oklahoma is “one of the first states to have safely and measurably reopened.”
“Oklahoma is ready for your visit,” the governor told Trump President White House at Thursday’s meeting. “He’s going to be safe and everyone is really excited. ”
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The city BOK stadium has a capacity of 19,000. The organizers have said that 10,000 people will be allowed to enter. A temperature check will be performed at the entrance. Sanitizer will be offered as masks, but they will not be mandatory.
Several thousand more are expected to gather outside where they have been queuing since Wednesday.
In line with some sporting goods trump from head to toe: “Four More Years” baseball caps, “Making America Great Again T-shirts and” Fake News, Enemy of the People ” banners.
Several blocks away, a contrast of America was on the screen. In the Greenwood neighborhood of the city, this weekend began with the marking of Juneteenth – the day when the last of the slaves in America realized that they were free.
It has been insulted to many here that the President has chosen to coincide with his rally on this anniversary.
And it was an insult, compounded when he claimed that “no one has ever heard of Juneteenth.”
“Juneteenth means everything to me. Juneteenth is the place where blacks can come and we can discuss it and we can share, “local Vickey Scott told me.
In Tulsa, there is a poignant character from the black community due to another event that many people have not really heard of Tulsa Massacre.
In May 1921, the Greenwood district of the city of Tulsa was in full swing. Known as Black Wall Street, it was a place where African Americans who had fled slavery in the Deep South had made a successful living.
But after an incident in which a 19-year-old black boy was accused of assaulting a 17-year-old white girl, a riot turned to massacre with a crowd of white men murdering 300 African-Americans.
This is America’s worst incident of racial violence and yet, until recently, history books had been almost entirely wiped out.
Much of the district was destroyed and the survivors sent to internment camps in the nearby town.
“At least 300 dead,” Kavin Ross told me. Her grandfather was among the thousands of businesses that were destroyed in the massacre.
“I have no problem with the president coming here. It’s just the attraction it brings. He gives himself, he dog whistles its base which say “white power” and “white life” and “make the wall”, all this racist speech. We do not need that here in the city of Tulsa. We are only trying to heal, “Sir,” said Ross.
All these years, the racial divide in Tulsa is still clear, so clear that locals say it is marked by the railway line that crosses the city from west to east.
To this day, north of Tulsa, dominated by the Greenwood district where the massacre that occurred, is the black district. In the south, it is white.
The street names in Greenwood reflect the struggles with the Road to Reconciliation and Martin Luther King jr, winner of Boulevard, a new name, unveiled in 2011.
But at the point where the road crosses the railway, Martin Luther King Jnr Boulevard ends. The deal could not be reached with the predominantly white council to extend the name of the street south of the railway line.