Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WAR ON WOMEN AND RACISM

Two interesting historical commentaries on a slow news day.

Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) died in 2010.  Byrd “joined the Klan at the ripe young age of 24 — hardly a young’un by today’s standards, much less those of 1944, when Byrd refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter Byrd wrote to Sen. Theodore Bilbo at the height of World War II. [Byrd was the Exalted Cyclops]

Today’s obituaries, however, made little mention of Byrd’s once-deeply held hatred for African Americans.”




On January 10th, 1878, Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced the ‘Anthony Amendment’ to the Senate “for a decision on women’s suffrage in the United States. This was the first constitutional amendment on this issue to be brought before Congress…  While it did not pass, it set the precedent for similar legislation to be proposed each year until the 19th Amendment was finally passed [almost 40 years later] in 1919 by both houses. The original text was written by Susan B. Anthony with the help of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.”






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