[…] In 1898, furious that a mixed-race coalition had swept the city’s municipal elections, white supremacists burned down a black-owned newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina; overthrew the local government; and killed at least 25 black residents in a week of rioting. It was one of the worst single incidents of racially motivated violence in American history. But in 2007, when a nonpartisan commission recommended that the state legislature pass a resolution formally apologizing for the massacre, Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis, then a first-term state representative, rose to block it.[…]
Ooooh. * Time to fit him for a Klan hood, eh?* (SMH)
Well, I’m sure the man from
Cornelius Huntersville had a good explanation:
[…] “It is time to move on,” he wrote in a message to constituents. “In supporting the apology for slavery, most members felt it was an opportunity to recognize a past wrong and move on to pressing matters facing our State. HB 751 and others in the pipeline are redundant and they are consuming time and attention that should be dedicated to addressing education, transportation, and immigration problems plaguing this State.”
But at the time, Tillis—who showed up in Wilmington on Tuesday with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in tow—offered another explanation for opposing the measure: Not all whites had participated in the riots. So Tillis pushed for an amendment introduced by a fellow state representative that would have added language to the bill commemorating the heroic white Republican lawmakers who had opposed the violence. “The proposed amendment would have acknowledged the historical fact that the white Republican government joined with black citizens to oppose the rioters,” he argued. The amendment failed, and Tillis ended up voting no on the final version. […]
Any lefties upset about this historical tragedy and Thom Tillis’s level of remorse for it need to remember who history has confirmed as the main instigator of the massacre: The Raleigh News & Observer. Back then, the Democrat Party was the conservative party and it was backing racial segregation to the hilt. The paper was owned by Josephus Daniels — who served in the Woodrow Wilson administration — and his family at the time. (They sold the paper to McClatchy in the early to mid-1990s.) The Daniels clan were then — and are now — HUGE political and financial supporters of the Democrat Party. If ANYBODY needed to apologize for the tragedy, it needed to be the Danielses. (To my knowledge, the family has never apologized.) McClatchy HAS — and has won accolades for doing so.
If we want to talk about racial attitudes in the US Senate race, let’s move from the 19th century to the late 20th century. That’s when Kay Hagan and her husband were members in a no-blacks-allowed country club.
I have a lot of issues with Thom Tillis, but I don’t believe he’s a racist. The lefties have a lot more directly-connected evidence of racism in their own backyard without pointing fingers at Tillis or any other GOPer. This is all about tossing a bone to Bill Barber and his rabble to ensure a certain demographic shows up en masse and pissed off in November.
It’s time to stop talking about 1898 and 2007 and start seriously talking about what we’re going to do in 2014 and beyond to dig ourselves out of this godawful mess.