SOUTHERN WHITE-on-SOUTHERN WHITE RACISM in the SOUTH. Scalawag is a Racial Slur.

SOUTHERN WHITE-on-SOUTHERN WHITE RACISM still alive & well in the SOUTH. It’s part of Southern Heritage since Civil War/Reconstruction era. I was informed that “Scalawag” means “White Southern Ni**** Lover”.

About 7 months ago I was informed that “Scalawag” is a racial slur that most white southerners use against other white southerners who helped blacks gain their right to vote. And advised with caution that I should never utter that word again not even in private because some white people’s use of that word was same as calling a white Southerner a “Ni**** Lover” who risked & lost their lives for blacks. White Southerner informed me that his white relatives who were Confederate veterans were killed from helping freed black slaves seek public office as Republicans in 1870s Louisiana.

This was in response to my uttering that word in casual conversation. When asked where I 1st learned that word, my reply was that it was at white school (MB Smiley High School) where I was forced bussed to in late 60’s as part of desegregation during heated Humphrey/Wallace presidential race. White teachers taught civil war, told black students that “Scalawag” was a Southern spy who turned against the south by helping burn down the south in the civil war. Therefore, I assumed that was the proper term.

Then I was informed that there’s NO monuments erected in the South to memorialize white Confederates veteran Republicans of Reconstruction era that helped newly freed black slaves with their civil rights .. and who lost their lives in doing so. I didn’t realize I was taught wrong, and I won’t use the racist word “Scalawag” anymore. Btw, the word scalawag is not a typical vocabulary that’s used in black households.

Words by itself don’t have meaning until people give it meaning.

Oklahoma. A State of “Civil Rights Firsts” of the 1900’s.

The first NAACP State Conference was held and started in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1932, where the NAACP Nationals held its first convention.  At that time NAACP had the most NAACP local branches; and prior there were no NAACP State Conferences (headquarters representing each state).   Roscoe Dunjee was the 1st President of the President of Oklahoma NAACP State Conference.  Most assume that Mississippi was the first, but their NAACP state conference did not start until 1945.

According to Oklahoma’s NAACP branch president, Miller Newman, there was an all white NAACP Branch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma which is located in Osage County.

Before the Brown vs Board of Education case, the desegregation of public education was tested and won in Oklahoma FIRST with Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma in 1948.

NAACP, which is the oldest Civil Rights organization is the the United States, was formed in 1909.