The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 June 2003

Sue me, sue you blues

Two survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots are suing The Tulsa Tribune, the Tulsa World, and the Ku Klux Klan; the lawsuit, filed in Missouri (!), claims that the Tribune "published highly inflammatory articles designed to whip up the Ku Klux Klan and the general white population."

What's interesting here, of course, is that the Tribune no longer exists; it folded in 1992 when the joint operating agreement with the World was terminated. The World is also named in the suit, but the JOA didn't exist in 1921, which means it's highly unlikely the World profited from anything the Tribune was doing. As for the Klan, well, I suppose they can subpoena Congressman Byrd from West Virginia. Me, I'm waiting for Coyote v. Acme, which to me makes much more sense.

Posted at 7:03 PM to Soonerland

oh man that's rich!

Posted by: Marc at 7:16 PM on 3 June 2003

Jenk Jones Jr. is currently the most prominent member of the Jones family that owned the Tribune; if he was even alive in 1921, he certainly wasn't in a position of power. Still, you go for the deepest pockets you can find, I suppose.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:47 PM on 3 June 2003

I doubt suing the Klan would work either. From what I saw on the History channel, they are not a centralized organization, and operate in 'cells' sort of like al-Qaeda.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 9:08 PM on 3 June 2003

If they were awarded just one fiscal year's worth of Sheets' pork budget, it would put the plaintiffs' lawyers in the tobacco settlement to shame.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:14 PM on 3 June 2003