Originally Posted by Matt Algren
I know some people don't like it when we make the connection, but was this the level of rhetoric against African Americans in the 1950s and 60s?
Back in the 50s and 60s we didn't have the internet or emails or DVDs or YouTube. We also didn't have the American Family Association or Focus on the Family or the Traditional Values Colalition.
But, we did have the KKK and the White Citizens Council and the John Birch Society and George Wallace and Lester Maddox and mass resistance to integration. The Equality Ride for Civil Rights that traveled through the South was met with terrible violence.
African Americans were treated terribly everywhere, not just in the South. In 1910 after Jack Johnson, an African American, won the heavyweight boxing title against Jim Jefferies, who was white, this editorial came out in The LA Times
A Word to the Black Man
Do not point your nose too high.
Do not swell your chest too much.
Do not boast too loudly.
Do not be puffed up.
Let not your ambition be inordinate.
Or take a wrong direction.
Remember, you have done nothing at all.
You are just the same member of society you were last week.
You are on no higher plain,
Deserve no new consideration, and will get none.
No man will think a bit higher of you.
Because your complexion is the same as before.
Keep in mind, this was not
from the KKK. This was from The LA Times