Community Groups 'Walk In Unity' In Downtown Tulsa

Thursday, March 12th 2015, 5:29 pm
By: News On 6

A hundred people marched through downtown Tulsa Thursday night. They were picking a fight, a fight against stereotypes that have labeled Oklahomans as intolerant, after a racist fraternity chant went viral.

There were no signs or songs, just walking. The unity walk ended, symbolically at Reconciliation Park.

In light of a racist chant gone viral, Oklahomans are continuing to show who they really are - a compassionate, resilient people, according to City Councilor, Phil Lakin.

"We're a people that still care about each other and so it's just really a walk of unity. We're not demonstrating. We're not protesting or anything else. We're just saying, 'Hey, regardless of who we are, what we look like externally, we're all still just people,'" Lakin said.

Tulsans of all ethnicities, heights, weights, gender and sexual orientation walked side by side Thursday.

Participant Angel Harris said, "All types of people are coming together to say, 'Hey, this is not okay.'"

"Oklahoma is becoming more and more diverse, so it's important for us to recognize that and to work together," Mohammed said.

Together they marched down Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

"I feel like this is a good way to exercise that we have hope, that there are people working for hope, and inclusion and love of diversity," walker Sarah Thornhill said.

Their hearts were heavy and their steps were strong as they marched to Reconciliation Park to continue the journey towards equality.

"I have friends that I'm here to support and it's just among my beliefs," walker Clarence Garrison said.

On streets that saw one of the worst race riots in history, Tulsans marched in unity, taking a stand against racism that's still alive today.

The walk came together in less than 24 hours.

It ended with the sentiment that it takes courage to build community, and the march toward equality will continue forever.