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The Film Archives: Nicholas Patler- Jim Crow and The Wilson Administration: A Tragic Enduring Legacy

Source: The Film Archives: Nicholas Patler- Jim Crow and The Wilson Administration: A Tragic, Enduring Legacy

Woodrow Wilson is a mix bag to me, because he is the father of American liberal internationalism. This idea that America should always be strong and fight authoritarianism around the world ( even if we promote it at home ) and work with our allies around the world to defend liberal democracy and fight against authoritarianism. Whether its communism, or religious theocracy, monarchy, nationalism, whatever the authoritarian philosophy might be. Which has been the governing foreign policy inside the Democratic Party going all the way though the Barack Obama Administration. George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign might be the only exception to this. So on this score I give President Woodrow Wilson very high marks.

President Woodrow Wilson was also an economic Progressive. He believed in things like a public safety net things like Unemployment Insurance for people who are unemployed. That every America ( at least European-Americans ) should have an opportunity to succeed in America. He believed in a regulatory state not to run private industry, but to protect employees and consumers from predators in the economy. Perhaps not as progressive as Theodore Roosevelt ( but most American politicians weren’t back then ) but an economic Progressive. Even though he was very regressive when it came to race relations and promoted segregation and separating African-Americans from European-Americans.

But if you want to know why we had segregation and Jim Crow laws in the 1920s and going all the way up to the mid-1960s, look no further than President Woodrow Wilson and his administration of the 19 teens. Where President Wilson even segregated the races in the Federal Government. And not allowing African-Americans to get good Federal jobs simply because of their race. Which gave life to Dixiecrats and Dixiecrat governors in the South, as well as local government’s own there to pass their own segregation laws.

Southern predominately Anglo-Saxon European-Americans, knew they lost the Civil War and that slavery would no longer be tolerated. But there’s that old saying that the Confederates lost the Civil War but won the battles and the reconstruction. Jim Crow laws were Confederates chance at revenge. Acknowledging that slavery was history but that since Africans would no longer be slaves for anyone in America, that instead they would be treated like second-class citizens in America and in some cases not even be treated like American citizens at all. Be treated like criminals, terrorists, and even animals, by Southern racists. And Jim Crow laws and segregation, is obviously a huge part of the negative legacy of President Woodrow Wilson. Just like Watergate is a big part of President Richard Nixon’s negative legacy.

 

 

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This History Channel: Ku Klux Klan- A Secret History

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Source: The History Channel: Ku Klux Klan- A Secret History

I’m not writing this to link Donald Trump and his presidential campaign with the KKK. Mr. Trump a man who I don’t like and don’t have much if any respect for other than how he raised his family and loves his children and raise successful kids, but ran a presidential campaign in a way that I hate to the point that he helped to make right-wing nationalism and bigotry, somewhat mainstream. Even though most Americans hate bigotry whether it comes from the Far-Right, or Far-Left, but I don’t see this man as a racist. But a real percentage of his supporters whether we’re talking about 5-10% of them, more or less, are racists and bigots towards all non-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant-Caucasians and even women of all backgrounds, are racists and bigots and even terrorists. Or in David Duke’s case an ex-terrorist with the KKK.

If there’s any good thing about a Donald Trump presidency, is that we’ll get to learn more about the Alt-Right which is a hip way of describing the nationalist Caucasian Far-Right in America, including the KKK. An organization that believes America belongs to Anglo-Saxon Protestant Europeans, even though they’re ancestors kidnapped millions of Africans hundreds of years ago to use them as slaves in America. And they see non-Protestants and people with dark skin, as invaders and Un-American and people who’ve invaded their country. And believe they’re under attack by minorities even Caucasians who aren’t Protestant and Anglo, like Jews, Italians and Slavs and believe they have the right to kill these people.

Some people might say they’re isn’t any real definition of terrorism, that is something that you know when you see it, like pornography that you know it when you see it. Perhaps the only thing that terrorism and pornography have in common. But actually that is not true, because an act  of terrorism is the intentional destruction and murder of a mass group of people. Setting off a bomb in a public space knowing that if you’re bomb goes off it will hurt and probably kill a lot of people. We see that type of terrorism all the time in the Middle East. Especially in Israel, but now in Iraq and Syria as well. The Irish Republican Army, was an Irish-Nationalist terrorist group that believe in uniting North Ireland which is still part of Britain, with the Irish Republic in the South. And they’re murdered thousands if not millions of English non-nationalist Irish who oppose uniting both Ireland’s.

That is what the Ku Klux Klan is about except their terrorism is about bigotry. Racial, ethnic and religious hatred, of non-Anglo-Saxon Protestants. And like with ISIS and other so-called Islamic terrorist groups, they self-define their activities under  a religion which is Protestant-Christianity. Except like with ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups, their terrorism has nothing to do with the religion they claim to represent. There’s nothing Christian about killing people simply because of their race, ethnicity or religion. That is why the FBI has essentially destroyed the KKK almost by themselves, at least their military wing. Because the KKK is responsible for the murders of thousands if not millions of African, Jewish and other Americans, who come from a different racial, ethnic and religious background as the KKK.

The KKK is the oldest as most successful terrorist organization in the United States as far as the number of murders and other acts of terrorism that they’re responsible for. And they’ve let to other European-American terrorist organizations like the Aryan Nation, Neo-Nazis and other Alt-Right groups. The Black Panthers, the Communist Party and other Far-Left groups have nothing on the KKK when it comes to hate, murder and terrorism. The KKK is responsible for more murders and terrorism than ISIS simply because the KKK has been around a lot longer. If ISIS is still in business a hundred years from now, that could change. And Americans need to know this if the Trump Administration is going to have any real connections with Alt-Right groups in the future.