Lawsuit claims newspaper incited Tulsa race riot

Wednesday, June 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Kansas City-AP) -- Two Kansas City survivors of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot are suing a former Tulsa newspaper family.

The federal lawsuit was filed in Kansas City by 102-year-old Rosella Carter and her 84-year-old son, James. It asks for damages of more than 75-thousand dollars.

The lawsuit says articles published by the Tulsa Tribune ignited the riot. It claims the newspaper suggested hanging a young black man on allegations he assaulted a white woman, leading to 16-hours of violence that left dozens dead and the city's black Greenwood District in ruins.

The Tribune closed in 1992.

The front-page story of the man's arrest was torn from the Tribune file copy before it was microfilmed for archives. No copy of a Tribune editorial rumored to contain an inflammatory headline has been found.