For most Americans, the Tulsa race riots of 1921 are something they may have read about or seen on TV. For Gregory Fairchild, a business professor at the University of Virginia, the event was part of his family lore. Today Fairchild recounts hearing, as a child, how his family fled the rampage. He also offers a critique of America’s often selective memory when it comes to atrocities and a vision for what it will take to move forward.

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Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Education Editor

Smoke rises from damaged properties after the Tulsa Race Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 1921. Oklahoma Historical Society via Getty Images

From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre

Gregory B. Fairchild, University of Virginia

More Americans are learning about the 1921 massacre in the prosperous black section of Tulsa known as the 'Black Wall Street.' For Gregory Fairchild, it is a part of his family history.

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    Siddharth Chandra, Michigan State University; Eva Kassens-Noor, Michigan State University

    A century ago, the Spanish flu killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.

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