After agreeing to payments of $100,000 to each of the Race Massacre’s three living survivors, as well as a pledge of $2 million to a fund for the survivors and their descendants, their attorney asked for more money.
The attention comes as the board is playing a more pivotal role than ever in the criminal justice system in Oklahoma, finding itself embroiled in a high-profile death penalty case and hearing more commutation requests than ever.
Deaths in the state peaked in January and quickly fell off once COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out en masse. Now that the most vulnerable are vaccinated, the burden for herd immunity falls on younger Oklahomans.
A broadcaster’s use of racist language before an Oklahoma high school girl’s basketball game sends shockwaves through a prep sports landscape that weeks earlier witnessed another incident of Black athletes targeted with slurs.