Joe Biden calls for US to confront its past on 100th anniversary of Tulsa massacre

President drew a through-line from racist violence in 1921 to recent displays of white supremacy in Charlottesville and the US Capitol

Joe Biden has used the centenary of the Tulsa race massacre as a rallying cry for America to be honest about its history, insisting that great nations “come to terms with their dark sides”.

On Tuesday Biden became the first sitting US president to visit the site where, on 31 May and 1 June 1921, a white mob murdered up to 300 African Americans and burned and looted homes and businesses, razing a prosperous community known as “Black Wall Street”.

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