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Updated on: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 12:16 PM IST

'Terrorism by white supremacy more lethal than ISIS or Al Qaeda': Joe Biden quotes US intelligence on Tulsa massacre's 100th anniversary

President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. | PTI

President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. | PTI

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US President Joe Biden on Tuesday travelled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit the survivors of the city's 1921 race massacre and unveiled a broad plan to drive racial equity throughout the country.

May 31 and June 1 marked 100 years of the Tulsa race massacre when an angry mob of white Tulsans burned and looted the area's black population, killing as many as 300 people and displacing thousands.

While delivering his remarks to commemorate 100 years of the incident, Biden said: "For much too long the history of what took place here was told in silence, cloaked in darkness. But just because history is silent, it doesn't mean that it did not take place. And while darkness can hide much, it erases nothing, it erases nothing. Some injustices are so heinous, so horrific, so grievous they can't be buried no matter how hard people try," he added.

Biden added that β€œaccording to the [U.S.] intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today. Not ISIS, not al-Qaeda: white supremacists.”

"My administration will soon lay out our broader strategy to counter domestic terrorism and the violence driven by the most heinous hate crimes and other forms of bigotry," he said.

The white mob in Tulsa had destroyed 35 city blocks and set ablaze over 1,200 homes in Tulsa in 1921. The cost of the property damage totaled nearly USD 2 million, which translates into almost USD 30 million today. As many as 300 people died during the massacre, roughly 10,000 Greenwood residents were displaced in the incident.

As America relives the dark day, a new controversy has spread on social media. As soon as Biden compared white supremacy to ISIS and Al Qaeda, Republicans took offence. They are now condemning Biden for his speech that they allege is unreasonable. However, others are also supporting Biden for his words.

Here's what Republicans are saying. Have a look.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 11:52 AM IST
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