Tulsa Gangs and Ghetto Story
During the mid-1980s, with the lack of opportunities or employment, many people of the North Tulsa ghetto streets began to claim Blood and Crip affiliations of Los Angeles, forming Tulsa gangs that would later help label the city as “Thug Town”.
The start of the community dates back to the 1800s to North Tulsa’s Greenwood district, also known as Black Wall Street, one of the country’s most successful all-black communities.
In the Greenwood community, people supported each other, which helped build a number of self-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. The success in the community brought in much jealousy from other residents outside of the North Tulsa neighborhood.
On a day in the year of 1921, rumors went around that a black male from the Greenwood district raped a white woman.
With hatred already for Greenwood, mobs of people went into the community and attack citizens, homes, and businesses. Hundreds of people were killed and numerous of properties were vandalized by arson, with days of violence that made the National Guard to come in and restore order.
Starting in the late 1960s, the construction of housing projects and highways helped transform North Tulsa, by destroying significant parts of the community, along with separating and isolating the North Side from the rest of Tulsa, resulting in a large decline within the entire North Tulsa community.
Tulsa’s housing authority that was started in the 1960s for people in need of affordable housing, slowly turned into the North Side into the Tulsa ghetto as people were afraid of the problems that housing complexes would bring, which helped many to leave the area.
The housing projects would later change and decline in the 1980s, as the complexes did not have proper upkeep, with the majority being in North Tulsa, other than a few in the South and West Tulsa ghetto, racially diverse parts of town.
Many communities would become so bad that were constant police raids or around the clock foot patrol. Others were either at the center of controversy as owners would misuse federal funds or were being condemn for lack of proper maintenance.
As the years passed, most of Tulsa’s housing projects eventually became either gated communities, controlling the residents movement in and out of the neighborhood and limiting its visitors, sold to private investors or replaced with mixed-income apartments.
In the 2000s, with Tulsa gangs like the Red Mob or the 107 Hoovers and Tulsa ghetto areas of Turley and projects like Comanche Park together with other blocks in North Tulsa, and not forget the Mexican community of East Tulsa and the apartments of South Tulsa like Normandy or South Peoria, the city has not changed that much since the 1980s.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% correct.