Tulsa became the epicenter of the world’s racial justice movement last weekend when Juneteenth commemorations, street protests against police brutality, and President Trump’s re-election kickoff collided in an often tense, but mostly peaceful 48 hours.
We invited state Rep. Regina Goodwin, chair of the seven-member Legislative Black Caucus, to join us for this week’s Observercast – Episode 22: Justice Has Not Been Done – to discuss the movement for racial justice in early 21st century Oklahoma and detail steps necessary to finally ensure all Oklahomans are treated fairly, respectfully and justly.
Goodwin’s perspective is unique. Her family helped build the city’s famed Black Wall Street, destroyed by a rampage of murderous whites in the 1921 Tulsa race massacre that left hundreds dead and 10,000 homeless. Her family founded and still owns the state’s oldest Black newspaper, the Oklahoma Eagle.
And now, in her second term representing House District 73, she’s witnessed how a white-dominated Legislature routinely rebuffs efforts to end systemic racism in law enforcement and end police brutality. She also tells us about her proposed interim studies on police reform and the goals to move these bills in the Legislature, by both harnessing the current energy and consensus around calls for racial justice and the power of the Legislature.