The wheels of justice have moved swiftly following the Good Friday killings in north Tulsa. Less than two days after the shooting spree left three dead and two injured, and a community in fear, police arrested two suspects, and both are reported to have confessed to the crimes. A job well done. It could have been a lot worse if the manhunt dragged on for weeks or even months dividing our city in two. The killings attracted national attention because the shooters are white and their victims are black. Was it a hate crime? Were the victims targeted because of their race? Many think so, but prosecutors, who are looking into it, haven’t released their findings yet.
The fear and panic felt in Tulsa’s black community was real, but much of that has been diffused by the quick actions of our law enforcement. Still, the anger is at a low simmer. As I mentioned the shootings went national, and the case has now attracted the attention of several well-known civil rights activists, known to travel to the latest racial hotspot. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, fresh from a stop in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case in Florida, will be in Tulsa this weekend to meet with community leaders and speak at rallies. I’ve heard from some who fear the “rhetoric” from these two will only incite more racial tension and division. Others hope their appearances will help the healing process. I really don’t know what will happen, but we’ll find out in a few days.
What are your thoughts?