14th May 2014

Dwight Eisenhower was the REAL Civil Rights President

With the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board coming up, I was looking through some of my old notes and I found this memorable passage from James Patterson’s Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy. It takes place at the White House, prior to Brown being decided.

 ”At that time Eisenhower invited [Earl Warren] to a dinner at the White House and sat him next to John W. Davis, who was leading the defense team against Marshall. After telling Warren that Davis was a great American, Eisenhower took the Chief Justice by the arm and explained to him the southern point of view. Southern whites, he said, “are not bad people. All they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big overgrown Negro.”

Eisenhower’s civil rights reputation has been overstated for partisan reasons on both sides—Republicans to hide the abandonment of black interests that lead to black voters fleeing to the party of the Dixiecrats, and Democrats who overstate Eisenhower’s contributions to contrast him favorably with Republicans today.

20th Apr 2014
18th Apr 2014

The Real Racism, 1883 Edition

"When a man has emerged from slavery, and by the aid of beneficent legislation has shaken off the inseparable concomitants of that state, there must be some stage in the progress of his elevation when he takes the rank of a mere citizen, and ceases to be the special favorite of the lawsand when his rights as a citizen, or a man, are to be protected in the ordinary modes by which other men’s rights are protected.”

— Justice Joseph P. Bradley, 1883.

Bradley was striking down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which barred racial discrimination in public spaces. Seven of Bradley’s fellow justices agreed that, in 1883, it was black Americans who were “the special favorite of the laws.” 

1883!

11th Apr 2014

President Bush

“Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their, well… Just wondering how LBJ would’ve handled that.”

— George W. Bush speaking at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10 2014.

Yep.

10th Apr 2014

President Johnson

”Johnson found it difficult to sustain his rationality in dealing with war critics. During a private conversation with some reporters who pressed him to explain why we were in Vietnam, Johnson lost his patience. According to Arthur Goldberg, L.B.J. unzipped his fly, drew out his substantial organ and declared, ‘This is why!’ ”

17th Mar 2014

Petty Freaks and Cunning Devices

"If we once establish the false principle, that United States citizenship
does not carry with it the right to vote in every State in this
Union, there is no end to the petty freaks and cunning devices that
will be resorted to, to exclude one and another class of citizens
from the right of suffrage.”

— Susan B. Anthony

10th Mar 2014
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JL8 #158 by Yale Stewart
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5th Mar 2014

Emma Watson after watching Academy Awards Best Superheroes video containing Harry Potter

(Source: gwen-parkers)

5th Mar 2014

mocada-museum:

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A photo campaign explores the diverse experience that black students at Harvard have to face.

20th Feb 2014
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Steve Rude cover art for Legends of the DC Universe #5, 1998

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Steve Rude cover art for Legends of the DC Universe #5, 1998

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