“”Oklahoma is the only state Arkansas can make fun out of.
Oklahoma! is a musical comedy just north of Texas.
Oklahoma is (just) OK.
The nickname for Oklahomans, "Sooners", refers to those homesteaders who staked out claims to land to farm there ahead of those who diligently waited for the starting bell.
 Descendants of the original inhabitants
A number of nominally independent countries called the Indian Nations (much to the chagrin of non-Native Americans who try desperately to eliminate the use of "Indian" to refer to Native Americans) exist within the borders of Oklahoma. While they are essentially left to their own devices (taxing their own citizens, providing their own services, holding their own elections, even fielding their own police departments and jail systems), they have no international recognition, only limited sovereignty, and their continued independence relies entirely on remaining in the current President's good graces, or hoping that he (or she) forgets that Indians still exist. Because they are Indians and not WASPs, and because the territory they claim is also claimed by the U.S. at the same time, if the U.S. decides to dissolve their governments there is nothing they can do about it. In other words, they're not really independent at all. Although, thanks to tribal casinos, their political clout is slowly growing.
In spite of the fact that the Democratic Party is the largest political party in Oklahoma, the state has consistently voted for the Republican presidential candidate since the 1968 election. Many counties went for Mitt Romney by over 90% in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. This may be due to the Republicans implementation of the Southern strategy -- the use of racist political memes to sway voters who would otherwise vote for pro-labor candidates. Democrats are somewhat competitive at the state level, though, and had a solid hold on Congressional District 2 until 2012.
Anyway, the relatively few left-leaning residents of the state apologize for the inconvenience.
Oddly, in the early 20th century, Oklahoma was one of the strongholds of socialism in the United States, with the largest active socialist movement in the country at the time. The Socialist Party acted as a powerful force in local politics during the first few years of the state's existence, but was heavily criticized for its opposition to World War I and eventually collapsed completely after the party was blamed for supposedly instigating a failed Indian uprising (the 'Green Corn Rebellion') in 1917.
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While Oklahoma is considered to be part of the Midwest, many of its residents' attitudes towards race are deeply rooted in Southern ideals.
An example of the below-the-surface racism in Oklahoma is illustrated in the 1952 Pulitzer Prize-winning photo series by John Robinson and Don Ultang of the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. On 20 October 1951, they followed the local Drake University football team to cover their road game at Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State University). Drake had an African-American player named Johnny Bright, who in 1949 was the first black player to play on A&M's home field (in that case, without incident). However, in 1951 Bright was a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. Reporters at the Register caught wind of a growing racist backlash against Bright in Oklahoma -- which Oklahomans then vehemently denied.
Along with a regular Speed Graphic press camera, Robinson and Ultang used a modified motion picture camera that shot one frame per second. What they caught was pure racism in action. During the game, A&M defensive tackle Wilbanks Smith knocked Bright unconscious three times during the first seven minutes of the game. His final blow -- which was caught in stunning detail on the movie camera -- broke Bright's jaw. That blow is notable because at that moment Bright and Smith were several yards away from the ballcarrier. Both A&M and the Missouri Valley Conference refused to take any actions against Smith.
Oklahoma was also host to one of the most devastating race riots in American history, the 1921 Tulsa race riots, in which the Greenwood district, up until that point known as the 'Negro Wall Street' and the wealthiest black neighborhood in the country at the time, was burned to the ground and its inhabitants massacred. Official reports list 39 confirmed deaths, although the number of missing that were never located reaches into the low thousands. At least two mass graves are believed to exist in the Greenwood area where black victims were interred, but no one has been able to obtain permission to search for them.
From 1995 to 2002, the representative from Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District was African-American J. C. Watts -- an ordained Baptist minister and former University of Oklahoma quarterback who was also a Republican. This, of course, means that race relations in Oklahoma are just hunky dory. Ask any Oklahoman and they'll tell you so.
Tulsa is home to several televangelists (much to the shame of its inhabitants), most notably the late Oral Roberts and his pervy son Richard. Oral was insane and had a talent for wasting money (including building an entirely unnecessary hospital that is now a rather sparsely occupied office complex), while Richard ran Oral Roberts University and let his wife sleep with the male students. Someone finally dropped a huge donation on ORU on the condition that they just get rid of the Roberts family completely.
- ↑ See the Wikipedia article on Johnny Bright Incident.
- ↑ Not that that had anything to do with their preference.
- ↑ Ibid.
- ↑ Ibid.
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