ABC News Apology
No Response, Public Apology or Retraction From ABC News Nightline


I called ABC News twice yesterday to speak with Ted Koppel about my demand for a public apology and retraction for his comment and the ABC News web site written statement that the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing was the worst domestic terrorist event in U.S. history. I was told twice that one of Nightline's assistants would call me back. No one has called yet. I was told that they had received several e-mails about the same concern.

Please call or e-mail ABC News Nightline and request a public apology and retraction, especially since the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 occurred in the same state of Oklahoma with far more death and destruction. We must not allow our history of injustice and human tragedy to be discounted and ignored by national media. They must not be allowed to recreate history and spread lies and falsehood about American history at our expense.

Please send my letter to Ted Koppel and ABCNews to your local media, especially black news papers.

ABC News - (212)-456-7777

web site - www.ABCNews.com

"DOC"
Rev. Ronald V. Myers. Sr., M.D.

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http://www.juneteenth.us/pressrelease5.html
Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921


History Knows No Fences: An Overview of the Tulsa Race Riot
By John Hope Franklin and Scott Ellsworth


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5/20/05


Ted Koppel
ABC News Nightline
New York, NY
www.ABCNews.com


Dear Ted:

I was deeply disturbed by your reporting on the 10th year anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing tonight on Nightline. As a former guest and frequent viewer of Nightline, your statement that the Oklahoma City Bombing was the worst domestic terrorist event in U.S. history, astounded me. I have always viewed Nightline as a very accurate and informative news program.

In the same state of Oklahoma in 1921, over 300 American citizens of African descent, some estimating the number as high as 3000, were murdered and killed by other American citizens during the Tulsa Race Riot. This by far is one of the worst domestic terrorist events in American history. Even the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917, saw more death and carnage then the tragedy of the Oklahoma City Bombing.

These terrible events, along with the deaths of millions of Africans during the Middle Passage, are commemorated each year at the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service in Washington, DC each year. The Maafa has been part of the annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery and the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance since the last introduction of an official apology from slavery from Congress by Congressman Tony Hall in 2000.

Unfortunately, your inaccurate statement about attributing the worst historic domestic terrorist event in U.S. history to the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995, requires not only a public retraction, but a public apology from ABC News. As an American of African descent, with close family ties to Oklahoma, the state of Oklahoma and all of America needs healing from these tragic historic events of domestic terrorism. Inaccurately reporting the truth about the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Tulsa Race Riot will only make old wounds and scars much more difficult to heal in America.

Sincerely,


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

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