In an announcement this week, President Donald Trump said he would be holding his first rally in months on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The New York Times reported.  

Tulsa was the home to "Black Wall Street," an affluent Black neighborhood that was burned to the ground by police, soldiers and white supremacists in 1921. Hundreds of Black people were killed during the violent event, known as the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacres, and the actions of government officials that day permanently scarred Black communities across the country.

Trump faced criticism for deciding to hold his upcoming "Make America Great Again" rally, which in the past have brought out white supremacist groups, on the day traditionally celebrated as the end of slavery.  

Thousands of people online noted that it was certainly not a coincidence that the president, who has often reveled in stoking racial dissension through his three years in office, was holding the rally in Tulsa.

Black lawmakers have criticized Trump's decision to hold his rally on June 19th.

Even white lawmakers took note of the problems inherent in holding a Trump rally on a holiday meant to celebrate Black people in America.

On Thursday, Trump's campaign manager tried to quell the criticism with his own tweet. 

But the words did little to address what many online were saying about the decision.

While many conservative commentators tried to tamp down complaints by saying Trump didn't know when Juneteenth was, that was quickly disproven. 

The Biden campaign responded on Twitter as well.

The White House tried on Thursday to defend the president's decision, with Trump's press secretary telling reporters that "the African American community is very near and dear to his heart."

White House reporter April Ryan later revealed that Trump planned to directly discuss race at the rally and that the entire event was being organized by people close to Trump, including Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner. 

Despite the outrage, some people are hoping to use the situation to educate more Americans on what Juneteenth is and what happened in Tulsa. 

On Thursday, the Trump campaign sent out a notice addressing the concerns medical officials have about the potential spread of the coronavirus at the rally.

The Times reported that the campaign does not want people to wear masks and that Trump does not want people to socially distance because he wants the arena to look full.