Whether it be the fire eaters of the 1850s and 1860s or the Redeemers in the 1890s and 1900s or segregationists of the 1940s and 1950s, Southern reactionaries had an absolutely uncanny ability to predict the future of America.
The winners write the history books: one of these days, I will write a book about the prophecies of the losers which will show how all their warnings about the future have come true.
Last year, African-Americans were responsible for 62 percent of homicide, 55 percent of rape, 77 percent of robbery, 55 percent of aggravated assault, 59 percent of burglary … and 91.5 percent of interracial rape in Alabama.
“If you succeed in the passage of this bill, you will open the floodgates of hell in the South. Raping, mobbing, lynching, race riots, and crime will be increased a thousandfold; and upon your garments and the garments of those who are responsible for the passage of the measure will be the blood of the raped and outraged daughters of Dixie, as well as the blood of the perpetrators of these crimes that the red-blooded Anglo-Saxon White Southern men will not tolerate.”
– Sen. Theodore Bilbo
Let no one say that we were not warned.
Every generation of White Southerners for over a 150 years has been engaged in a struggle with Yankees over the race issue. As late as 1890, Republicans like Henry Cabot Lodge were pushing the Federal Elections Bill, the precursor of the Voting Rights Act.
Bilbo is referring to the federal anti-lynching bill that was repeatedly killed by Southern filibusters in his own time. He didn’t live to see the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Voting Rights of 1965 or the Watts Riot or the Los Angeles Riots.
Sen. Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi repeatedly introduced legislation in the Senate that would have deported black people to Liberia. The Bilbo plan was to retire the French and British war debts by acquiring territory in West Africa that could have been turned into a colony for African-Americans.