Gov. Stitt Removed From Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

Friday, May 14th 2021, 3:37 pm
By: Kristin Wells

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission has removed Governor Kevin Stitt from the commission.

The Commission, in a statement released Friday afternoon, said they are disheartened to part ways with Stitt but remain focused on commemorating the centennial.

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The move to remove Stitt comes after the Commission invited the governor to discuss his decision to sign House Bill 1775.

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Governor Stitt's office released a statement in response.

“Governor Stitt’s role as a member of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission has been purely ceremonial and he had not been invited to attend a meeting until this week.
“It is disappointing to see an organization of such importance spend so much effort to sow division based on falsehoods and political rhetoric two weeks before the centennial and a month before the commission is scheduled to sunset.
“The governor and first lady will continue to support the revitalization of the Greenwood District, honest conversations about racial reconciliation and pathways of hope in Oklahoma.”