Cushing, Oklahoma looks like a lovely little town with an affluent past. It is, some would say, one of the key oil centers of the United States. The people of Cushing have thrived for generations due to the wealth brought in by oil. But have all of the people of Cushing thrived, or just the Caucasian ones?
If you go to Cushing to see President Obama Thursday morning, be sure to ride through the old Black community and see how it looks. It is a symbol of what Cushing did to the Blacks who lived there. Many of the Black folks have died of cancer and the ones still living there seem to be plagued with mysterious illnesses.
The Caucasians forced all the Blacks to live in the Northwest area next the refinery. They released the chemicals through the creek that ran right down the middle of the Black community. The chemicals turned the houses brown. Eventually, all the houses were torn down and the land was taken, piece by piece. Somebody seems to have worked diligently to hide the evidence of the crime against humanity that happened in Cushing.
There are two superfund sites in the town of 8,000.
When you come into Cushing, look to your North. You will see an empty field. That is where the refinery was located and the Black communty was right next to it. They have all those piplelines there. I wonder how many Blacks you will find working at the refineries…
They have taken the land from most of the Blacks. If someone dies, they watch the house. If the grass doesn’t get cut, the city cuts it, puts a lien on the land, goes in and tears the house down and charges the family $8,000 and $10,000 for tearing it down. If the family doesn’t pay, they take the land. Then they turn around and sell it to Caucasians for little or nothing.
The Black folks in Cushing have called the White House and asked for an investigation. No reponse, to date. They wonder if their story will ever be told. Or maybe it has been told. Have you seen “The Lorax”?