“Is This The Nation’s Nastiest Monument?” -Daily Beast

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” The federal government had no power to defend the victims of what historian Eric Foner has described as the “bloodiest single instance of racial carnage in the Reconstruction era.” The ruling marked the final end of Reconstruction and the beginning of Jim Crow. Five months following the election, the fight came to a head when black Republicans assembled together in the Colfax courthouse, numerous of them fleeing white attacks. The federal government initially indicted 97 whites, for conspiring to deprive the black defenders of their civil rights but in the final end only nine stood trial.

Memphis for instance, has been roiled in the last couple of years by a battle over with removing an equestrian statue honoring Confederate cavalry general Nathan Bedford Forrest, all complete with its own white supremacist rallies. Lee—it’s less than shocking that the president bemoans the loss of Southern “history.” But, for the rest of us—the regular citizens who in factcare about what our past history really is—Donald Trump’s defence of white nationalists, of Confederate monuments and his own terrible all-time prerecord on race is truly appalling. In 1921, local whites in Colfax erected the obelisk honoring the three “heroes” who died “fighting, for white supremacy.” Almost 30 years later, in 1950, the state of Louisiana, at the mayor’s request, erected a analogous historical marker. In Colfax, Louisiana, is one of “those beautiful statues, and monuments” President Trump tweeted about Thursday morning, a 12-foot obelisk in a graveyard that celebrates three white men who died while participating in the massacre by a white mob of up to 150 black men, women and children.

In 1872, white supremacists were in midst of a violent, and sustained campaign to recapture Louisiana’s state government when a huge dispute broke out about, whether the Republican, or Democratic candidate had won the gubernatorial election….Read The Full Article Here

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