Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Vtech Shooting Deadly, Not Deadliest.

My heart goes out to all the families and loved ones of the victims of yesterday's deadly massacre. It's heart breaking to watch the footage unfold, yet unfourtunely many mainstream outlets are getting one fact very wrong: yesterady's school massacre is perhaps the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, but it is by no means the deadliest shooting of civilians in our country's history.

As one writer points out, the deadliest civilian massacre of our modern era was the Black Wall Street massacre, part of the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921.

In addition to official reports of at least 39 people being killled, writer's over at the Electronic Village report that:

"During the 16 hours of rioting, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire, and $1.8 million (nearly $17 million after adjustment for inflation) in property damage."


Villager said...

Jay - Our prayers remain with the Va Tech students, faculty and staff as they deal with this tragedy.

However, I wanted to thank you for the link-love. I'm glad that this information is finding a wider audience!

peace, Villager

kameelah said...

awesome. thanks for posting this. i wanted to write about this, but was too busy.