Holding on for long overdue justice…

Aundra Willis Carrasco
3 min readJun 22, 2024

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors…But HOW LONG Must they wait?

Viola Ford Fletcher, age 110, and Lessie Benningfield Randle, age 109. The last remaining survivors.
The horror! The humanity! The devastation! 103 years of this nation’s moral apathy and indifference. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The recent announcement that the Oklahoma Supreme Court, in an 8–1 decision, had dismissed the lawsuit filed on behalf of the remaining victims and survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre was devastating but not surprising. In 2020, when I first read about the lawsuit being filed, I was cautiously optimistic about the potential outcome. And in 2021, with widespread media coverage marking the Centennial remembrance of the racially motivated massacre, with President Joe Biden in attendance, my hope was invigorated. But the actual final outcome exerted a few days ago by the Oklahoma Supreme Court destroyed any remaining hope for long-delayed justice for the only two remaining victims. The announcement made me want to wrap my arms around these brave women and offer some semblance of empathy and compassion. And as I have been writing about for many years from personal and lived experience, (SEE: Stolen Land: Exposing America’s Historical Amnesia) this nation’s unceasing indifference to these horrendous racial atrocities is morally reprehensible. And just compensation for the victims enduring trauma and loss is long overdue. These ladies, Viola Ford…