Glenn Greenwald Will Speak to a Koch-Funded Event Named After a Pro-Lynching Racist Dixiecrat Congressman
“Only a short time ago… their [black] ancestors roamed the jungles of Africa in absolute savagery…[Y]ou do not know where the beast is among them. Somewhere in that black mass of people is the man who would outrage your wife or your child, and every man who lives in the country knows it.”
— Congressman Hatton W. Sumners
Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series with Glenn Greenwald
WHEN: Friday, April 3, 2015
Luncheon 12:00PM - 1:30PM
WHERE: Omni Mandalay Hotel
221 East Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75039
Allen B. West Allen West, President & CEO
National Center for Policy Analysis CEO Allen West is a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and the author of Guardian of the Republic.
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Early in his career, he spoke out against the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill, claiming that the bill’s sponsors did not have adequate statistics to prove their case, that the bill would increase racial mob violence, and that the bill ultimately impinged on states’ rights.
Speaking on the House floor while some African-Americans watched from the balcony, Sumners continued to attack the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill with racist tropes. “Only a short time ago… their ancestors roamed the jungles of Africa in absolute savagery…[Y]ou do not know where the beast is among them. Somewhere in that black mass of people is the man who would outrage your wife or your child, and every man who lives in the country knows it.”
Southern Democrats rebuffed the measure, mustering familiar practical and constitutional defenses. Hatton W. Sumners of Texas, a Dallas attorney who later served 16 years as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, led the defense. In two lengthy debates, Sumners compared the bill to an act of legislative “mob” violence and suggested Congress let southern states resolve the lynching issue on their own. “I say to you that you cannot pass this bill unless you pass it under the influence of the same spirit which this bill denounces, viz., the mob spirit,” Sumners said to laughter and applause on the House Floor. “You say that the folks down in the South are not doing this thing fast enough, and the folks in the South say the officers are not doing this thing fast enough, and you each get ropes and they go after the criminal and you go after the Constitution.”
Further reading on Hatton W. Sumners: At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America
Hat Tip: ItGoesTo301
The momentous day has arrived. Allen West and Glenn Greenwald — together at last.
Previous thoughts from Glenn Greenwald on Allen West:
Allen West fires intern for the crime of expressing support for gay youths expelled by their parents from their home: is.gd
Good riddance, Allen West: http://t.co/0Rh6DCH7
Today’s event also comes on the heels of a heart to heart between Glenn Greenwald and Glenn Beck.