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The Tulsa Massacre occurred in 1921 and 66-year-old Tom Hanks is furious that he only learned about it two years ago.
The outspoken leftist and Joe Biden supporter made the comment during a recent appearance on the “Another Act” podcast.
“I tell you, at the age of 10, when I was in fifth grade, living in Oakland, California, that would’ve been a moment of enlightenment for me,” Hanks responded after claiming that no one ever told him about it in school.
“That would’ve told me something very, very different about the city I lived in. Not just American history or the city of Tulsa,” Hanks said.
Hanks explained that he never heard of the Tulsa Massacre until he read a recent newspaper article from a survivor who was 100 years old. Watch the clip below:
“You know, I was taught American history every three years growing up … how is it that it wasn’t until two years ago that I heard about the Tulsa Massacre?”
“How is that possible? … I heard about all kinds of disasters in which people died,” he added. “But I had never heard about this thing that happened in 1921.”
More on this story via Daily Wire:
Hanks explained how it made him “mad” that somebody had “made an editorial process” about what was and was not “appropriate” for him to learn in school about “our own American history” — and that it took him 54 years to find this out, calling it “not right” and a “disservice” to all of America.
In the NYT piece, the “Cast Away” star talked about how in all his years of studying history in school, he never learned “about how, in 1921, a mob of white people burned down a place called Black Wall Street, killed as many as 300 of its Black citizens and displaced thousands of Black Americans who lived in Tulsa, Okla.”
He also wrote that, “America’s history is messy but knowing that makes us a wiser and stronger people. 1921 is the truth, a portal to our shared, paradoxical history.”
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The comment was part of a larger interview about the actor’s current role as Colonel Tom Parker on Baz Luhrmann’s “ELVIS” movie. Parker was Elvis Presley’s manager.
The movie is “Luhrmann’s biopic of Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker,” a description on IMDb read.