Bless him, SC Senator Lindsey Graham just can’t keep his foot out of his mouth these days.
Could it be that his racism is so deeply entrenched (and secretly celebrated in South Carolina) that he deliberately drops these egregious race bombs in an attempt to mobilize his racist voting base? Who can say? Let’s hear from Senator Graham what he, (and perhaps other SC officials?) think about racial relations in South Carolina:
Black people “can go anywhere in this state” as long as they are “conservative and not liberal” “if you are a young African American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state, you just need to be conservative, not liberal.”Via NY Times, from a forum on October 9, 2020
What does “Conservative” mean to likes of Senator Graham?
Well that statement from Sen. Lindsey Graham was mighty nice. I feel liberated and somehow more relaxed by the idea of driving through South Carolina, as long as I try to fit in with white bread, “conservative” South Carolinians. What is Conservative, anyway?
Based on my experiences with Charleston Family Court’s Judge Timothy Pogue, I have to wonder if the terms “Conservative” and “White” are synonymous. Just thinking out loud here. I’m not sure “Uppity” people of color are treated by the same levels of respect as “Conservative” people in South Carolina, based on my (now) extensive experience with the Charleston Family Court.
Centuries Old Pattern of Systemic Racism
Has South Carolina, the first state to proudly secede from the Union on December 20, 1860, fully dealt with it’s richly racist roots? I have to wonder. Please consider the following United States Presidential quote from only a few decades ago, when audacious Jim Crow laws were still being debated… as if separate water fountains and lunch counters were somehow decent, law-abiding structures in a functional Democracy:
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again. [Said to Senator Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA) regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1957]”President Lyndon B. Johnson, Bless His Heart
SC Judicial and law-enforcement created, passed, and enforced these Jim Crow laws, in defense of White Supremacy.
Could it be that, even today, the SC Charleston Family Court continues to wrestle with racist demons of it’s own? I have to wonder.
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