Friday, July 31st 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the sixth 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 an enormous spotlight South Carolina. Mr. Kantrowitz is aware that we’re studying his work and emailed Gus his most recent report on Mr. Tillman. His assessment of Tillman’s career as a South Carolina lawmaker is that, “Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible.” This probably helps explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman’s shrines still litter South Carolina. Last week’s session provided one of the greatest lines in the history of racial studies: The threat of negro domination hangs over us like the sword of Damocles. Kantrowitz documented Tillman’s rise to governor at the close of the 19th century. Tillman and his White brothers and sisters squabbled about many things, maintenance of White Power was not one of them. Violence and intimidation of Black citizens remained a constant activity; and Gov. Tillman was proud of his contribution to the carnage. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof.
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