|Vol. 16 No. 1
January 11, 2021
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
unfolding of the Trump Presidency over the past four years and the bleak economic conditions that exist for many Americans, exacerbated by
the COVID-19 pandemic.
And in many ways, what is unfolding now resembles what happened in 1876. After the Civil War — aided by the protection of the Union Army — newly freed
Africans began to run for and win public office throughout the American South during the Reconstruction Period. Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce were sent to the U.
S. began to run for and win public office throughout the American South during the Reconstruction Period. Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce were sent to the U.S.
Senate by the Mississippi state legislature, a state that was majority Black at the time. It was a renaissance for African Americans as businesses were established. The
pent-up energy for citizenship and all its offerings was unleashed during Reconstruction. The South was transforming under the watchful eye of the Union Army.
However the forces of the Confederacy and the old system of slavery were determined to not allow African Americans to choose their elected leaders and control the
destiny of the American South.
When no one won the Election of 1876 outright, a backroom deal was made called the Compromise of 1876 where in exchange for the removal of the Union Army
from the South, Republican Rutherford Hayes became president. Reconstruction ended in the South with the entire region becoming Democratic and the old forces of
the Confederacy consolidated their power.
While the Ku Klux Klan was formed in December 1865 and became a domestic terrorist organization as they terrorized African American office holders and business
people, when the Union Army was withdrawn, it gave the KKK free rein to terrorize the majority African American community and paved the way for the
disenfranchisement of African Americans and the creation of the pseudo-slave system of sharecropping.
While the Ku Klux Klan members who carried out the raids were primarily poor whites who received a delusionary status just above African Americans in Southern
society and were almost just as poor, they were oftentimes led by “respectable” merchants and town leaders and had many law enforcement members within their
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by Jamala Rogers
|Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
through Virtual Celebrations
There is a saying that history does repeat itself. And it chillingly appears to be repeating itself with the rise
of what I would call the Neo-KKK.
One could have almost predicted what would happen at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th from the
By Kwame Salter