In 2000, Selma, AL elected its first black mayor. The week after he took office some neo-Confederates erected a 10,000 pound, $25,000 statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the town. Forrest was one of the founders of the KKK. Subtle. latimes.com/archives/la-xp…
Six years earlier a wave of states across the South began instituting Confederate History Month. That's right, Confederate History Month became a "tradition" IN THE MID-1990S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confedera…
The year Selma's neo-Confederates put up that Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, George W Bush won the white vote in Alabama by a 75-25 margin.
A theme that emerges in that book is the almost complete erasure of the lived experience of black people under slavery from the nation's public historical memory. It's not like people pretended slavery never happened, they just ignored how it was experienced by the enslaved.
Watching George Wallace respond to protestors in 1968 has some pretty strong, Trumpy resonances. Here, for example, he tells a story about protestors laying down in front of the POTUS motorcade. He says when he's POTUS he'll just run right over them.
Later he says to protestors "you fellas better have your day now because you're through later on, I can tell you that much."
"Watch your hard earned tax dollars sail away to anti-American countries. 'As President I will halt the giveaway of your American dollars and products to those nations that aid our enemies.'"
On a plane in 1993 (when Rush L was in fullest bloom) the guy sitting next to me looked at the historical monograph I was reading and asked, in an accusatory tone, “that’s not one of those REVISIONIST history books is it?”
I'm not sure enough contemporary conservatives recognize that their "strict constructionist" hero, Thomas Jefferson, was not an originalist. Don't take my word for it, here's a passage from Peter Onuf's great book "Jefferson and the Virginians" (2018), p. 31.
"As self-governing Americans became 'more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners & opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, & keep pace w/ the times.' He likened this 'progress of the human mind' to...
...a boy's growth to manhood; constitutions were like coats, good for a season, but constantly in need of repair... 'We might as well require a man to wear the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilised society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.'"
Three years ago today I spotted this car parked in downtown Salem. Little did I know the GOP in several states would eventually pass laws in the spirit of that decal, or that III% militia members would aid an insurrection at the US Capitol.
This is the bio posted by the person who was, at that point, the chair of that county’s GOP. He explicitly identified as a supporter of that organization.
In the late 1960s, a guy who headed up the Christian Education Association and edited a "patriotic" magazine called "Common Sense," offered these "Patriotic Educational Materials" for sale. Sounds innocuous, but it most certainly was not.
Many of the authors featured here were not just far right anti-semites, they were also straight up neo-Nazis. Yockey and Oliver are probably the two best known of such people.
The key takeaway here is that US fascism in the late 1960s was not the *absence* of thought or information. There were a plethora of books providing alternate facts and historical interpretations that informed the world views of many white Christian, anti-communist Americans.
What if we talked less about people’s reactions to things, and more about the things themselves?
People have been having ridiculous opinions about things since humanity began. “Dumb shit” is an inexhaustible well of content. But a good idea is a rare and wonderful thing, that only gets better the more people pay attention to and refine it.
We have at our disposal incredible forms of communication technology, and we overwhelmingly use it to generate outrage about something of little consequence that someone we don’t even know or care about said.
It's impossible to articulate how deranged this Newsmax email is, and also how 100% unoriginal it is. FWIW, David Horowitz ("a Jewish author!" and mentor to Stephen MIller) has been a far-right ideologue since the 70s when he converted from being a far left ideologue.
Rush Limbaugh even said, on his deathbed, that we're in a war of good vs. evil...so obviously, if you don't want that horrible anti-religion radical, Joe Biden, to destroy your church, then you really better send Newsmax some money.
On the American right, it's always 1958 and "the godless globalist Marxists" are always seeking to destroy your church and brainwash your children into becoming non-believers.
Dems want to make it easier for people to vote because higher turnout usually favors them.
Republicans want to make it harder for people to vote because higher turnout usually hurts them.
To justify their voter suppression, the GOP has manufactured an "election fraud crisis."
That's pretty much the story of US politics right now in one tweet. You'd think every politician in a nation premised upon the idea of popular sovereignty would want to make it easier for citizens to vote. Sadly, only one of our two parties now believes that.
The "election fraud" narrative is utter bullshit and every high ranking Republican knows it. But because they think all politics is just about power, they assume that Democratic attempts to expand access to the ballot are "really" just a power grab.
A thread on Abbott's silly 1836 Project that established this basic, US History 101 point went viral yesterday. I know it shouldn't, but it shocks me that this came as news to many white people who live in Texas. Where the heck did they think "The State of Texas" came from?
I'm not being judgy. I had a terrible HS history education in the 80s that was only remedied because I was fortunate enough to go to college where I got a good history education. But how disorienting must it be to live in Texas and be taught nothing about the history of slavery?
It reminds me of an encounter I had soon after I moved to Oregon. I had an acquaintance ask me "who got to Oregon first, white people or Native Americans?" He was not putting me on, he was genuinely curious and thought I could help him out as a History teacher.
One key difference between then and now is that in the 60s and 70s there were still a significant number of moderates in positions of influence inside the GOP, like Senator Mark Hatfield, a perennial contender for a VP spot.
A significant motivating factor for the Texas Revolution was that the Mexican government had declared slavery illegal, which rubbed the Anglo settlers the wrong way, because freedom. tshaonline.org/handbook/entri…
African-American activist Louis Lomax spoke at Oregon State University a few weeks after Goldwater lost the 1964 election. His assessment of what Goldwater and his supporters had made of the GOP was pretty blunt.
Lomax was far from the only person to comment on how Goldwater's people had transformed the party of Lincoln into a "white man's party." This is from Bob Novak, hardly a flaming liberal.
In October of 1964 David Noebel, one of Billy James Hargis's deputies, gave a talk in Salem, OR where he outlined the communist brainwashing being perpetrated by rock n' rollers like The Beatles. He also extemporized about "the nest of perverts" in Washington DC.
Worth noting that both Richard Viguerie, key innovator of GOP direct mail in the 1970s and 1980s, and GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann were influenced by Noebel.
Here's how Salem's other newspaper, The Capitol Journal, reported on Noebel's October 1964 talk.