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General Kelly - Historically Ignorant or Hysterically Bigoted?

Bigotry on the brain

During the months before that insurrection, white newspapers in North Carolina constantly reprinted a speech by a white woman in Georgia the year before that declared lynching an acceptable act to protect white women from black rapists. Newspaper publication of the factually flawed speech was part of a nasty political campaign by white conservatives to solidify white supremacist control in North Carolina through removal of white liberals and blacks from elected office.

Black Wilmington newspaper owner Alexander Manly became an object of racist ire because he stated facts than many wanted forgotten: White woman voluntarily had sex with black men yet frequently cried rape when caught in these consensual interracial liaisons.

“Every Negro lynched is called a Big, Burly Black Brute,” Manly stated in an August 18, 1898 editorial published in his Daily Record newspaper. Manly noted that those alleged black brutes were sufficiently attractive for white woman to have “intercourse with them.”

Manly really poked white supremacy in the eye when he reminded that, “it is no worse for a black man to be intimate with a white woman than for the white man to be intimate with a colored woman.” Manly called many whites hypocrites for the fact that “you cry aloud for the virtue of your women while you seek to destroy the morality of ours.”

That “White Declaration of Independence” termed the editorial of Manly “vile and slanderous.”

To protect Wilmington from “such license in the future” the Declaration demanded that Manly’s paper “cease to be published and its editor banished from this community.” Manly was one of the prominent blacks forced by the insurrectionists to flee Wilmington.

The first assault of the Wilmington insurrectionists on November 10, 1898 was to sack and burn Manly’s newspaper.



story | by Dr. Radut