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General Kelly - Historically Ignorant or Hysterically Bigoted?

Bigotry on the brain

During that FOX interview the White House Chief of Staff praised the leader of the Confederate Army, Robert E. Lee, as “an honorable man” – a declaration that coddled Lee’s status as a traitor to the U.S. Constitution that Kelly swears allegiance to uphold.

“To suggest anything honorable about the people who divided our nation in an effort to keep Black people enslaved isn’t just offensive – it’s dishonorable,” stated a recent email blast from the President of the NAACP, America’s oldest civil rights organization founded in the wake of a white rampage against blacks ten years after the Wilmington insurrection.

The perception of political oppression from blacks proclaimed by the Wilmington insurrectionists in 1898 erupted from their blinding bigotry because whites at that time held the post of Wilmington’s mayor, seven of the ten city council seats and the overwhelming majority of other Wilmington city government posts from city attorney to superintendent of schools to garbage collection.

“The overthrow or coup d’etat took place within the context of an ongoing statewide campaign based on white supremacy,” stated a 500-page report issued in 2006 by a commission appointed by the North Carolina legislature to examine the long ignored insurrection in Wilmington.

The Commission’s report particularly faulted “historians” for perpetuating the falsehood that violence by the insurrectionists “was necessary to restore order.”

The Wilmington insurrectionists consisted of poor whites wanting “whites-only” employment practices, white businessmen seeking to eliminate black competitors and conservative elites seeking political control. White clergymen and white newspaper editors across the state of North Carolina gave support to the insurrectionists before, during and after their uprising.

None of those Wilmington insurrectionists faced any federal or state charges for their bloody uprising - including that ex-Confederate insurrection leader who became the city's mayor. America’s then President and North Carolina’s then Governor refused to reverse the illegal take-over of Wilmington’s municipal government. The Riot Commission report faulted “government at all levels” for failing to reverse that political overthrow.

That 1898 racist uprising in Wilmington, N.C. is a part of the ‘Southern Heritage’ that President Trump extols in his support for preserving those “beautiful” monuments erected to honor officials of the slave holding Confederacy.

The failure of 19th Century federal officials to initiate legal action regarding the murder of black Wilmington residents by those insurrectionists has haunting similarities to postures of the present Trump Administration.

Trump’s Justice Department, for example, has backed off even minimal oversight of police brutality including fatal shootings by police in questionable circumstances. Further, Trump’s Justice Department has adopted the legal posture that the predominant victims of racial discrimination today are whites not blacks. The “White Declaration of Independence” issued by the Wilmington insurrectionists contended that whites were under the subjugation of blacks.

President Trump rails incessantly about fake news. The Wilmington insurrectionists saw a form of fake news in an editorial published in a black owned Wilmington newspaper that attacked the contention that it was proper to lynch black men.



story | by Dr. Radut