Friday, July 24th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Stephen Kantrowitz’s, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin “Pitchfork” Tillman is one of South Carolina’s most revered sons. He’s a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and an unabashed antiblack terrorist. He reminisced about his involvement 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 tremendous inquiry. On July 17th, Clemson released an official statement on Tillman that read in part: “For some members of our university family Benjamin Tillman’s legacy included not only contributions to Clemson University but also oppression, terror and hate.” The shrines to Tillman on the campuses of Clemson and Winthrop and at the South Carolina capitol remain. Last week’s session listed various grievances that Whites had amongst each other. Rich Whites squabbled with poor Whites on a variety of issues, but domination of Negroes remained unquestioned. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof.
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