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Tulsa Wipes Klansman's Name From Street—Sort Of
Brady Street to be named after different Brady
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2013 6:36 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Tulsa Historical Society shows Wyatt "Tate" Brady.   (AP Photo/Tulsa Historical Society)

(Newser) – A debate in Tulsa over the renaming of a city street has finally been settled, thanks to a subtle (and somewhat contentious) compromise. Brady Street was named for Wyatt "Tate" Brady, an instrumental figure in the city's past who was also in the Ku Klux Klan. The street's name will remain Brady Street—but the Brady honored will now be Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, Tulsa World reports. The move to switch the name from Brady Street to MB Brady Street passed 7-1 in the City Council, as some voiced protest. "It's still Brady, no matter which way you cut it," said one resident.

Part of the street will also be renamed Reconciliation Way, after Tulsa's John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. City Councilor Jack Henderson had wanted to call the street Burlington Street, in accordance with an old map of the city—but Councilor David Ewing didn't think that effort was likely to pass. "I hope that people understand that when you have your back to the wall, sometimes you have to compromise," he noted. "We were going to leave here last week with a no vote; we left this week with a yes vote." (Unrelated to Tulsa, but worth a look: Slate has published incredibly up-close photos of life within the KKK.)

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Aug 19, 2013 11:43 PM CDT
The reason no one advances, especially blacks, is that they are all wrapped up in the past and seem to have no interest in their future. This issue is stupid, a waste of energy and most likely 99.9% of the people in Tulsa don't give a hoot.
Aug 16, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
There is no good evidence that Brady was involved in KKK activities or the Greenwood riots. The Greenwood riots was more of an indictment of the mentality of the entire town of Tulsa that lasts to this day. Black people feel betrayed and thus kept down while whitey caused the divide that separates the town into Black and white districts. What Tulsa Black residents have to resolve today is how a man was gunned down in cold blood in front of one hundred witnesses and not a single Black person came forward to help the police solve the murder. Not only that, the 100 Black patrons got mad at the EMSA medics for not getting away from the order window of CHICKEN HUT sooner so they could order a #1 combo. Worse, the owner of CHICKEN HUT got upset not only at EMSA workers but also the police detectives working the murder scene. The owner went to the detective and said, "Hey this is private property, you need to leave." This story made it all around Earth numerous times and painted Tulsa as a backwater, dumb as nails, backwards thinking, mecca of pure brain dead living wonders. Man dies, Black people see it go down, and nobody knows nothing. How does that compare to Trevon Martin and George Zimmerman. I mean if a white man had walked up in front of that line at Chicken Hut and gunned down a Black man, you would have had 100 reports to the police that day. Instead, you had one single report from a relative, that's it. Every other Black resident who saw that guy gun down a fellow brother said, 'I aint saw nothing."
Aug 16, 2013 8:54 AM CDT
the KKK still around in conservative, bible-belt, Republican Oklahoma; why should anybody be surprised by this?