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1868 Opelousas Massacre



Now THIS is voter suppression. LINK

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300 Black Americans Murdered (1868):"Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor."


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The initial catalyst for the massacre was the attempt by some Opelousas African Americans to join a Democratic political group in the neighboring town of Washington. White Democrats in Opelousas, mainly members of the Seymour Knights, the local unit of the white supremacist organization Knights of the White Camellia, visited Washington to violently drive them out of the Party. In response to this, Emerson Bentley, an 18 year old Ohio-born white school teacher and editor of The Landry Progress, a Republican newspaper in Opelousas, wrote an article which described the violence that the Seymour Knights had used against the black Democrats in Washington and argued that such violence should persuade the blacks to remain loyal to the GOP. Bentley had also been promoting the education of black children and spent time registering blacks to vote.

Shortly after the article appeared, Bentley was assaulted and severely beaten by three white men while he taught his class. After the assault, Bentley fled town and headed back north.

Due to his mysterious absence, reports circulated that Bentley had been killed for his news article. Several local armed African Americans banned together to retaliate and marched toward Opelousas. Some retreated from the march after being informed that Bentley had not been murdered. The armed blacks were met by armed whites determined to defend their town, many of whom had been rallied by The Knights of the White Camellia. Due to local laws restricting gun ownership from blacks, the white Democrats had the overwhelming advantage in weapons, as well as in numbers. Shooting occurred by both sides and twenty-nine black prisoners were captured. On September 29, all of the captured prisoners, with the exception of two men, were taken from the prison and executed, including twelve leaders of the Black Republicans.

These events sparked anti-black violence that continued for weeks. The death toll of the massacre resulted in some controversy. Three white Radical Republicans and two Democrats were killed in the initial assault. Republicans stated that around 200-300 blacks were killed whereas the Democrats denied this claim as fraudulent and stated that only 25-30 were killed. Many historians today have deduced that the Republican's estimate was more accurate. It was also reported that 30-50 whites were killed.


White people crazy.







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Similar incident occurred in Colfax.


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I guess that the Democrat Party's racial violence inflicted on them worked wonders !

That Republican love was beaten out of their hides and now they are all loyal Democrats !






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That Republican love was beaten out of their hides and now they are all loyal Democrats


I don't know what's worse - being captured and sold to somebody else, or selling yourself to somebody else...






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The former, you have no choice in it. Btw, this proves the GOP never reaped full benefit from the black vote. That damn Nixon....





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The Freedman’s Bureau ordered Lieutenant Lee to investigate the atmosphere of Opelousas. In an article written on October 8, Lee described the cause of the riot and the death count, stating that only 5 blacks had been killed, while expressing his opinion that the death toll would increase due to blacks being unwilling to surrender their arms to whites. Ultimately, he believed that peace had been restored overall and stated, “no further trouble is apprehended.”


So is it 5 or 300?

LA Riots

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By May 16, 1992, 51 men and 7 women were dead because of the riots and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office listed 50 of the 58 people dead as homicide victims.[92] Forty-one of the victims were shot to death, seven were killed in traffic accidents, four died in fires, three were beaten to death, two were fatally stabbed, and one died of a heart attack.[92]


Black people crazy?







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Black people are NOBLE.
White people be crazy.
You know the rules...






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Man,if only we could go back to dem good ole days where the bible ruled and there were less problems in the world.





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The former, you have no choice in it. Btw, this proves the GOP never reaped full benefit from the black vote. That damn Nixon....

That's what the Southern Strategy will do for you.






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Similar incident occurred in Colfax.

And Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.






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Brutal.





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Wow. That's terrible. I had never heard of this before.





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That's what the Southern Strategy will do for you.


This "Southern Strategy" that you Leftists always talk about seems rather mythical to me. Looks like it was invented by the New York Times and Democrat-leaning political scientists. So, you keep pushing that load of propaganda.

It's a nice meme that I'm sure that every Democrat would like us all to believe.







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This "Southern Strategy" that you Leftists always talk about seems rather mythical to me. Looks like it was invented by the New York Times and Democrat-leaning political scientists. So, you keep pushing that load of propaganda. It's a nice meme that I'm sure that every Democrat would like us all to believe.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman in 2005:
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Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.






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I understand that you can find people who say that the Southern Strategy was created with the intent to generate racial hate and appeal to southern racism. I'm sure that every social studies teacher that you've ever had told you this.

What I say to you is that issues, such as forced busing, and other issues that involved FedGov compulsion and intrusion, have a legitimate basis in a desire to limit FedGov power, i.e. nothing to do with race.

Those who immediately conclude that any Repub attempt to limit FedGov power is motivated by Racism are non-critical thinkers who are easily swayed by propaganda.

But I myself have changed. I no longer believe in limits on FedGov power, function and authority. I am now in favor of absolute FedGov power to control every aspect of our private health and welfare.

We will all be better off if we place our well-being in the hands of benevolent and all-caring FedGov.




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