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Share your thoughts: The car becomes the weapon

A protester stood in front of a pickup truck hauling a trailer. Protesters blocked I-244 eastbound during a protest of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police and a commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The pickup truck ultimately drove through the crowd, injuring several people.Mike Simons/Tulsa World

TULSA, Okla. — On May 31, 2020, six days after the murder of George Floyd, a welding inspector named Thomas Ryan Knight went to his first protest, a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

It was hot but clear as he and his girlfriend joined the crowd, which marched through a part of the city that was the site of a racist massacre a century ago, and followed it onto Interstate-244 West, grinding traffic in all three lanes to a halt on the overpass of a highway that long ago cleaved this historic Black neighborhood in two.