Skip to comments.One of the most odious figures in the history of America and the Democratic Party
Posted on 12/11/2018 1:22:42 PM PST by NRx
Benjamin Ryan Tillman (August 11, 1847 July 3, 1918) was an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as Governor of South Carolina from 1890 to 1894, and a United States Senator from 1895 until his death in 1918. A white supremacist who opposed civil rights for black Americans, Tillman led a paramilitary group of Red Shirts during South Carolina's violent 1876 election. On the floor of the U.S. Senate, he frequently ridiculed black Americans, and boasted of having helped kill them during that campaign.
In the 1880s, Tillman, a wealthy landowner, became dissatisfied with the Democratic leadership and led a movement of white farmers calling for reform. He was initially unsuccessful, though he was instrumental in the founding of Clemson University as an agricultural school. In 1890, Tillman took control of the state Democratic Party, and was elected governor. During his four years in office, 18 black Americans were lynched in South Carolinathe 1890s saw the most lynchings of any decade in South Carolina. Tillman tried to prevent lynchings, but spoke in support of the lynch mobs, stating his own willingness to lead one.[further explanation needed] In 1894, at the end of his second two-year term, he was elected to the U.S. Senate by vote of the state legislature.
Tillman was known as "Pitchfork Ben" because of his aggressive language, as when he threatened to use a pitchfork to prod that "bag of beef," President Grover Cleveland. Considered a possible candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1896, Tillman lost any chance after giving a disastrous speech at the convention. He became known for his virulent oratoryespecially against black Americansbut also as an effective legislator. The first federal campaign finance law, banning corporate contributions, is commonly called the Tillman Act. Tillman was repeatedly re-elected, serving in the Senate for the rest of his life. One of his legacies was South Carolina's 1895 constitution, which disenfranchised most of the black majority and ensured white rule for more than half a century...
Typical Filthy Heathen Liberal Demon Democrat.
Yes to all that, but get this: I live near the South Carolina State House, you know, the one where the Confederate flag used to fly over the dome and later by the Confederate soldier statue? Both were hauled down through pressure by the NAACP & other suspects. There is now a huge MLK mural near the building itself.
Now....not far from the Confederate soldier memorial is a larger than life size statue of Pitchfork Ben Tillman, on an even taller pedestal. It has stood there since 1940 and so far barely a peep from the Entitlement Community to have it removed.
Woodrow Wilson - Wikiquote: A History of the American People, Vol. 9 (1902)
Every country-side wished to have its own Ku Klux, founded in secrecy and mystery like the mother 'Den' at Pulaski, until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, an 'Invisible Empire of the South,' bound together in loose organization to protect the southern country from some of the ugliness hazards of a time of revolution. [p. 60]
It was plain to see that the trouble in the southern States arose out of the exclusion of the better whites from the electoral suffrage no less than from the admission of the most ignorant blacks. [p. 82]
Wilson, the first college president to occupy the White House, banned blacks from government restrooms, was the first president to openly attack the U.S. Constitution and eagerly support laws to prosecute and imprison those who disagreed with his policies. His hostility to black Americans was matched only by his antipathy toward Italian, German and Irish Americans and his desire to rid the nation of those he referred to dismissively as “hyphenated Americans” and against who he railed incessantly. [The foul fruits of Woodrow Wilson: Unrestrained government and hounding of critics are the legacies of his 'progressive' politics, The Washington Times, 10 April 2017]
You’re assuming that their thought process is capable of processing and remembering more than “Orange Man Bad”
Do 1000 microaggressions equal one milli-aggression?
Is "kill" a contraction for "kilo-aggression"?
Tillman Hall is the most famous building on the Clemson University campus. The 3 story brick building with a clock tower is located on a hill overlooking Bowman Field. Tillman Hall is currently the home of the College of Education.
Connected to Tillman Hall is the Tillman Auditorium, a 755-seat auditorium that formerly was a campus chapel named Memorial Chapel. Tillman Auditorium is used primarily for lectures and seminars, small concerts, pageants and dances.
Tillman Hall at Clemson University and Tillman Hall at Winthrop University are both named after former South Carolina governor Benjamin Tillman. He played a large role in the founding of both universities.
Perhaps Wikipedia can make this a daily feature.
“Todays odious Democrat”
A daily list of violent racist democrats could make this feature last for decades.
Tillman Hall? Tillman Auditorium?
Shirley - you must be mistaken. Why haven’t the social justice snowflakes renamed this Barack Hussein Obama Hall?
I am rarely downtown and go by the state house even less.
Never paid much attention.
No downtown unless I have to. I stay in the burbs.
Tillman Hall at Clemson.
Google it. Plenty of peeps.
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