Friday, July 10th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the third study session on Stephen Kantrowitz’s, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin “Pitchfork” Tillman is one of South Carolina’s most celebrated sons. He’s a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a notorious antiblack terrorist. He boasted about participating in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist legal codes across the country. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed South Carolina under enormous scrutiny. This week, in what’s being hailed a monumental victory, Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina legislature approved removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. Tillman’s array of shrines remain untouched. Last week’s session described the angst of White South Carolinians following their Civil War defeat. Men like Ben Tillman organized gun clubs to intimidate, harass and murder allegedly free black citizens. White Supremacists orchestrated an array of terrorist attacks – including the 1876 assassination of State Senator Benjamin F. Randolph. Even White people were harassed and killed for failure to champion black exploitation. This text will provide an accurate historical context for the production, deeds and predictability of Dylann Storm Roofs.
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