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.

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Rev Martin Luther King Jr. honored with Presidential Proclamation Commemorating 50th Anniversary of his Assassination

President Trump and the White House finally updated their internet sites with National proclamation to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, to reflect on this day, April 4th, in Rev. King’s honor. Rev. King, a southern minister and civil rights leader born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was also the first president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Within the text of this proclamation, Trump also gave shout out to President Abraham Lincoln as follows —> “President Abraham Lincoln sought to eradicate the senseless divisions of racial hierarchies when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation”.