#OnThisDay Janurary 14, 1963 Infamous racist AL Governor George Wallace gave his inaugural address, calling for "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

Don't know about AL Governor George Wallace?

Glad you asked. #GladYouAsked
George Wallace, a Democrat, was one of this nation's most virulent, hateful racists of all time. The fact that the Democratic Party, the birthplace of the KKK, two generations after this speect saw the election of the first Black President + woman as Vice President?
One,

BLACK WOMEN.

Among others, Fannie Lou Hamer. Diane Nash. Ella Baker. Septima Poinsetta Clarke.
Two,

THE ESTABLISHMENT.
"On January 14, 1963, after being overwhelmingly elected by white Alabama voters, George Wallace delivered his inaugural address as the governor of Alabama, and called for “segregation now... segregation tomorrow... segregation forever!”

"Throughout his speech he condemned integration and criticized federal intervention in state affairs. Running almost a decade after Brown v. Board, his 1962 campaign used the slogan “Stand up for Alabama,” and he vowed to fight integration at the University of Alabama.
Six months later, Governor Wallace launched himself into the national spotlight by physically blocking two Black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from enrolling at the University of Alabama. Here's a thread on the University of GA + AL fight against integration.
The dramatic “stand in the schoolhouse door” was broadcast on national television, and within a week, Wallace received over 100,000 telegrams from white people commending his actions. The good people of AL elected this fool 4X + he was a 4X Presidential candidate. Man please.
Wallace developed a political identity that combined racial demagoguery and fiery rhetoric to defend segregation under the veneer of “states’ rights.” By appealing to racial sentiments, Wallace gained the support of voters who felt threatened by increasing Black political power.
Republican candidates use this very same blueprint today.

You don't have to look far if you live near me - how do you think Glenn Youngkin won the VA Governor's seat?

SAME

DAMN

THING.
"During the 1968 presidential election campaign, a year fraught with racial injustice after, among other things, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Governor Wallace ran as an independent candidate on the back of his racially charged message."
"At a campaign stop where he was asked about the year’s protests against racial injustice, Governor Wallace said: "We don't have riots in Alabama! They start a riot down there, first one of 'em to pick up a brick gets a bullet in the brain, that's all."
"And then you walk over to the next one and say, 'All right, pick up a brick. We just want to see you pick up one of them bricks now!” 😡😡😡😡😡
Wallace was hugely popular with Southern white people + became the most successful and popular independent candidate in modern presidential election history—receiving almost 10M votes during the general election and winning the electoral votes of 5 states— AL, AR, GA, LA + MS.
Today, a portion of Interstate 10 in Alabama and community colleges in the cities of Dothan and Eufaula bear George Wallace’s name. He remains one of the most infamous and influential segregationist leaders of his era.

And today.
"Segregationists like Wallace, operating at the highest levels of government, represented and advanced the views of the majority of white citizens at the time. Until we confront our history of racial injustice and its legacy, we cannot overcome the racial bias that exists today."
Thanks in part to George Wallace, a third-party candidate? Richard Nixon, the only President to resign after shredding the Constitution, was elected. If those votes go to Humphrey, the Democrat . . . remember that "progressives" when you don't vote or vote 3rd Party.
This might get me suspended from Twitter . . . but may George Wallace continue to burn in hell.

Sources:
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NO

ONE

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IN

AMERICAN

HISTORY

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NO ONE.

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