The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part X

Friday, August 28th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy hosts the tenth and final study session on Stephen Kantrowitz’s, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White SupremacyBenjamin “Pitchfork” Tillman is one of South Carolina’s most beloved sons. He’s a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a dedicated White Supremacist. He boasted about his collusion in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist laws across the country. The June 17th Terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. sparked interest in South Carolina Racism. Mr. Kantrowitz is aware that we’re investigating his biography and emailed Gus his most recent essay on Mr. Tillman. His assessment of Tillman’s career as a South Carolina politician is that, “Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible.” This helps explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman monuments still litter South Carolina. Last week’s installment provided one of the most profound Tillman quotes: “If you scratch the white man too deep, you will find the same savage whose ancestry used to roam wild…” The US senator lectured nationally and was seriously considered as a presidential candidate while broadcasting the gospel of White Supremacy. He relentlessly campaigned against black education and suffrage. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof.


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