This site is devoted to one thesis: that in the age of Obama, the Republican Party has abandoned any attempt at subtlety and has openly embraced racism as an electoral tactic. From the local to the state to the national level GOP supporters, activists and elected officials have come out of their closets and into their sheets.
The Confederate-sympathizing historian William Dunning trained a generation of racist historians at Columbia University. (Photo from the right-wing website LewRockwell.com at http://www.lewrockwell.com/jarvis/jarvis57.html.)
Post-war racial violence, however, also moved the president. Black activists told Truman of an incident in Monroe, Georgia, in which whites fatally shot two African American men. The wife of one of the victims recognized one of the white shooters, so the killers assassinated both of the victims' spouses, as well. Violence against African American servicemen in particular shocked the president. More than 1 million African Americans served in the military during World War II. Black soldiers entering the war hoped to win what civil rights leaders like W.E.B. Du Bois called the “Double V” – victory against the Axis Powers and against racism at home. In the same way that many African American soldiers returning from World War I suffered persecution and lynching upon returning to the United States, several shocking attacks on black veterans made headlines across the nation just after World War II. Black veterans would be outraged by the poor treatment they received upon their return to the United States, prompting many to become active in the Civil Rights Movement.