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Gov. Stitt removed from 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission

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FILE - In this May 7, 2021, file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during an Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

Gov. Kevin Stitt has been removed from the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

This comes after the Oklahoma governor signed the controversial HB 1775, which bans the state from teaching Critical Race Theory in the classroom.

Commissioners met Tuesday and agreed through consensus to part ways with Gov. Stitt.

No elected officials, nor representatives of elected officials, were involved in this decision.

"While the Commission is disheartened to part ways with Governor Stitt, we are thankful for the things accomplished together," said Hannah Jackson, public information officer for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission.

Stitt's office commented on his removal saying his role was purely ceremonial and that 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 statement said Stitt and the first lady will "continue to support the revitalization of the Greenwood District, honest conversations about racial reconciliation and pathways of hope in Oklahoma."

The Commission said it will remained focused on lifting up the story of Black Wall Street and commemorating the centennial.

"With just weeks before the Centennial of one of the worst Race massacres in the history of the U.S., Commissioners stand united in focusing time, energy and efforts on descendants, survivors, education, economic development and progress this year and beyond," Jackson said.


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