Friday, August 14th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the eighth study session on Stephen Kantrowitz’s, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin “Pitchfork” Tillman is one of South Carolina’s most esteemed sons. He’s a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a shameless 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 attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. placed tremendous scrutiny on South Carolina Racism. Mr. Kantrowitz is aware that we’re reading his biography and emailed Gus his most recent essay 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 monuments still litter South Carolina. Last week’s installment again emphasized the rampant fraud and corruption that was characteristic of Tillman’s reign and South Carolina politics. Much of this criminal activity was motivated to suppress black voters and maintain political power for individuals like Tillman. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof.
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