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Although some plants are included, I would not call this dish vegan

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But it does look like a good way to cook a steak.

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1 June 2021 at 2:38 pm

The massacre that destroyed Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street”

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I was born in (southern) Oklahoma and lived there until I left for college. I never heard of the massacre that white citizens in Tulsa carried out on May 31, 1921 — and apparently neither did most other white Oklahomans, since it was never talked or written about: a complete cover-up. That might be due to shame or to guilt or simply to a desire to keep a crime hidden. Certainly no white person was punished, though many of the surviving victims were punished — for example, by having insurance companies refuse to pay claims of loss.

Fabiola Cineas has a good article in Vox on the crime. In the meantime, Oklahoma is taking steps to prevent schools from teaching about this event (or any of the other atrocities that Native Americans, Blacks, Asians, and others have suffered from the white majority).

Cineas’s article begins:

he sky above Tulsa, Oklahoma, swelled with a thick, dark smoke on the evening of May 31, 1921.

That night and over the next 14 hours, white Tulsans, aided by local law enforcement officials and National Guard troops, destroyed 35 square blocks of segregated Black Tulsa and its affluent Greenwood community, which stretched for more than a mile and was home to an estimated 10,000 Black residents. When groups of hostile white invaders entered the area — incensed by a rumored assault of a white girl by a young Black man, which was later proven false — they looted and set more than 1,250 homes ablaze, according to an official government report commissioned almost 80 years later.

They razed what had been considered a promised land for Black Americans who traveled from afar to reach it. The elite enclave included doctor’s offices, butcher shops, drugstores, tailor shops, shoeshine parlors, cafes, restaurants, beauty parlors, barbershops, newspaper headquarters, a confectionery, a theater, hotels, billiards halls, dry cleaners, and grocery stores that were all burned down. Essential community spaces — a library, Dunbar Grade School, Frissell Memorial Hospital, and churches — were charred to bits, and even the trees that lined the once-bustling streets became sooty figures drooping over a wasteland.

Many of the people who had toiled for years to build Greenwood Avenue into what Booker T. Washington reportedly called the “Negro’s Wall Street” were shot and burned beyond recognition. Some reasonable estimates put the number of people killed between 70 and 300, historians told Vox. According to the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 report, bodies were dropped into unmarked graves in a city cemetery, while others, according to some oral histories, were thrown into the Arkansas River, and still others were hauled off to unknown locations. More than 800 people were treated for wounds and 8,000 were left homeless.

Five years ago, the Tulsa massacre was virtually unknown to the broader public — and even to people living in Tulsa. That a Black metropolis was destroyed in a matter of hours, let alone that it existed at the top of the 20th century, could sound like fiction to the most imaginative listener.

The Tulsa massacre remained buried under fear — Black families too afraid of a repeat event — and a conspiracy of silence as white perpetrators covered up their deeds so quickly that, 100 years later, many officials and historians believe some of the bodies of buried victims still haven’t been found. For generations, the pogrom of Black people in the heart of the Sooner State was absent from Oklahoma school curricula.

For decades, the story of the massacre remained untold so as not to deviate from the narrative that America is exceptional and founded on democratic ideals. But the Tulsa massacre is no longer a secret. The story is being told locally and nationally, in the media, on television, and before Congress: Two award-winning HBO series — Watchmen, which aired in 2019, and Lovecraft Country, which aired in 2020 — depicted the event for millions of viewers. Theater productions such as Tulsa ’21: Black Wall Street will soon open to Oklahoma audiences, following the earlier play Big Mama Speaks. The Bitter Root comic book series recently illustrated the massacre on its pages. Two upcoming documentariesone executive-produced by NBA star Russell Westbrook and co-directed by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, will be released on the 100th anniversary of the massacre.

The three known remaining survivors of the disaster — Viola Ford Fletcher, Hughes Van Ellis, and Lessie Benningfield Randle — petitioned Congress for justice this month, justice that includes reparations and an acknowledgment of the harm done. And President Joe Biden will make his way to Tulsa on June 1 to commemorate the massacre’s centennial.

Even as the pogrom becomes common knowledge, there are many truths about it that likely won’t ever be known. Tulsa is forcing the nation to keep questioning all that it doesn’t know — and all that it has tried to hide.

“The irony of Oklahoma is . . .

Continue reading. There’s more — a lot more — and it’s worth reading.

Written by Leisureguy

1 June 2021 at 9:17 am

Experiment with two-pass shave

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This old soap is a rebranded pre-reformulation (and pre-outsourcing) Truefitt & Hill shaving soap. It makes a wonderful lather, and the little RazoRock Keyhole brush performs admirably though its price is low ($10).

The iKon Shavecraft #101, which seems these days to be in short supply, is a wonderful razor. I absentmindedly started the the against-the-grain pass immediately following the with-the-grain pass. This was the way I shaved in high school (though this morning I did lather prior to the ATG pass, something I didn’t know to do in high school).

Overall it was a good enough shave, but on the whole the three-pass shave works better for me and takes only a minute longer. So toomorrow back to a three-pass shave (if I remember).

A small splash of T&H Trafalgar cologne to serve as aftershave, and we begin now a new month. Time to renew resolutions, something I routinely do on the first of each month as I think about what I’d like to accomplish in the coming month.

Written by Leisureguy

1 June 2021 at 8:49 am

Posted in Shaving

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