The Context of White Supremacy hosts the seventh study session on Stephen Kantrowitz’s, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin “Pitchfork” Tillman is one of South Carolina’s most admired 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 collusion 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 a good deal of attention on South Carolina Racism. 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 goes along way to explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman memorials still litter South Carolina. Last week’s installment detailed the hypocrisy of Gov. Tillman, who forged his career as a catalyst for terrorist violence against black citizens. But gave speeches rebuking mobocracy and White lynching patrols. The book also details that Whites were shrewd enough to grasp that too much violence could persuade the state’s black laborers to relocate. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof.
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