Skip to comments.Racist past haunts Florida town where Trayvon died (Dredging up an incident from 1946!!)
Posted on 04/08/2012 3:13:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The year before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier by becoming the first African American to play major league baseball, he fled the racist threats of townspeople in Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was shot 66 years later.
It was 1946 and Robinson arrived in this picturesque town in central Florida for spring training with a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team. He didnt stay long.
Robinson was forced to leave Sanford twice, according to Chris Lamb, a professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, who wrote a graphic account of Robinsons brush with 100 angry locals in a 2004 book.
The house where Robinson slept during his brief and furtive stay in Sanford still stands, but there is no historical plaque to record his troubled visit before going on to become a baseball hero and an icon of the US civil rights movement.
A specter of Jackie Robinson haunts the city of 53,000 people to this day, said Lamb. People want to forget it and it shouldnt be forgotten.
While those days of segregation are now relegated to history, racial tension persists in Sanford, rekindled of late by the Feb. 26 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, at the hands of a white Hispanic neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.
Calls for Justice for Trayvon have grown after prosecutors declined to charge Zimmerman, who says he acted in self-defence. Protesters, led by prominent black civil rights activists, have demanded that Zimmerman be arrested.
Weve come from the plantation, from the outhouse to the White House. You cant shoot our children no more, the Rev. Al Sharpton told one recent protest rally in Miami....
(Excerpt) Read more at gulf-times.com ...
In 1946, Robert Byrd was probably Grand Potentate.
Jackie Robinson was not an African American. I doubt if he ever heard the term.
Correction: I think he was Exalted Cyclops.
Further, the media has loved stirring the racial pot for a long time.
The Beaufort Gazette (January 24, 1907)
Some 50 or 60 representatives (sic) citizens of Beaufort, some colored, met in mass meeting at the Arsenal Monday afternoon. Mr. S. H. Rodgers was called to chair and Mr. R. R. Legare was appointed secretary.
Capt. C. C. Townsend, Intendant, addressed the meeting, and stated his reasons for requesting the presence of U. S. Troops, without arms, but with explosives, to aid in quelling the fire. Afterwards be had requested them to act as a patrol with the Naval Reserves, from which body they procured arms. He read his telegram to Lieut. Lawson on the subject. Finding the naval militia who were also fire men, tired out he had requested the presence of a squad of soldiers from Fort Screven, and they had come over Sunday, and had been acting as a guard.
Capt. Joseph Wheeler stated that he was here under orders of his commanding officer, at the request of the Intendant, to aid the citizens in maintaining order.
Dr. T. G. White, in a brief speech, saw no reason for the presence of troops, when the lives and property of citizens were not in danger. Commended the colored people for their good work at the fire. Thought citizens should deny the report in the Savannah Morning News sent in by a photographer who had only been here a few hours. Mr. W. H. Ohlandt asked the speaker “How much did you lose in the fire?” The answer was “Nothing.” Mr. Ohlandt said, “I did.”
At the request of Capt. Townsend, Mr. E. D. Raney stated that he sent a telegram, but did not send the one which appeared in the Morning News.
Collector Smalls, colored, looked upon this affair as a ridiculous and a malicious slander upon the people of this town, and believed there is a better feeling between the races now on account of the fire. White men came and assisted him in saving his home, and he was grateful to them. The article in the Savannah News is justly condemned by the best citizens, and he was pleased to hear the expressions of condemnation from them. I am sorry for those who lost. No word can be said against the behavior of the colored people at the fire, except through two or three drunken men. Thank God he lives in Beaufort, and that not a lady in town is afraid to walk the streets night or day, and there is not a decent negro man in town who would not defend them.
Mr. Charles E. Danner called the attention of the meeting to the fact that it had been called to condemn a report in the Savannah Morning News of 21st. He believed there is no harm in the Beaufort negro. Troops were not brought here to protect whites from colored, but for mutual protection.
Jas. Riley, colored, feels as keenly the calamity as anyone, and is surprised that, after working as hard as they had done, the colored race should be so unjustly written up. Our interests are the same. God forbid that any uprising was in the minds of the colored people.
Messrs. J. I. Washington and Geo. A. Reed, colored, citizens, made pertinent remarks.
Mr. F. H. Christensen offered the resolution condemning the piece in the Morning News, which will be found in this article. He said he felt that the Intendant was right in calling for troops to guard the ruins, as the Naval Reserves were worn out with their labor. Sheriffs (sic) posse would also have been worn out. Regular soldiers would be better able to enforce honesty. As one of the fire sufferers, thought the regulars had done good orderly work.
Capt. Geo. A. Crofut says troops were properly ordered out, and no good citizens should object. That he was ordered from the ruins of his own property, and obeyed.
Mr. Christensens resolution was seconded by Dr. N. J. Kennedy, colored, who said troops were not objectionable to good citizens.
Samuel Green, a colored orator, made a rattling good talk. He said he was helping to remove the stock of Mr. F. W. Scheper and saw parties pilfering. That he helped to remove the effects of the bank, although, if he has an enemy, it is the cashier of the bank. He said there was but one thing to condemn in the whole affair, and that was the article in the Savannah Morning News, and the killing of Bennett through overzeal in the effort to suppress the fire and its attendent confusion. If anything done was a blunder, it should not interfere with the the peace and harmony which existed between the races. South Carolina is a power within itself, and the U. S. troops have no place here.
The resolution of Mr. F. H. Christensen, as follows, was then unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That the Secretary of this meeting communicate with the Savannah Morning News, condemning in unmeasured terms the article contained in that newspaper of the 21st instant.
The following is the communication of the secretary:
Beaufort, S. C., Jan. 21 — A mass meeting of prominent white and colored citizens of Beaufort, S. C., hereby express their unqualified condemnation of your report published in the Morning News of January 21, headed “Troops Sent in to Beaufort to Hold Negroes in Check”. The implication that the two races did not work in harmony for the preservation of life and property or that there was at any time during the fire friction or ill feeling between them is a gross injustice to this community.
S. H. Rodgers,
R. R. Legare,
Intendant Townsend asked on expression from this meeting as to the further detension (sic) of the troops. That he had been requested to retain troops until tomorrow.
Collector Smalls moved that the troops be dismissed tomorrow, 8 a. m. Adopted.
On the motion of Mr. F. H. Christensen resolutions of thanks to Capt. Wheeler, Lieut. Wheatley and the soldiers under their command for their prompt and laudable attention to duty were unanimously adopted.
In Behalf of his command and himself, Capt. Wheeler thanked the citizens for courtesies.
On motion of Capt. George A. Crofut the action of Intendant Townsend was approved by a rising vote.
Fire Notes (Second Section)
The Savannah Photographer says he talked with the leading citizens of Beaufort and they all believed the fire would prove a blessing. Leading citizens such as Messrs. Christensen, Scheper, Talbird, Crofut, Ohlandt, Holmes and others who lost can hardly have been consulted by this special correspondent of the Morning News.
Another visitation of the Savannah Photographer would be a calamity just now. He is too “yellow” journalistic for our conservative people. But he was advertising himself, don’t you know.
Mrs. Cory is a brave woman. She worked courageously to save what she could, and for the present takes boarders in appartments (sic) over the Express Office.
“Where the carcass is the ravens will gather.” It was the would-be ravens who started the dissatisfaction as to the guard. The better people have little to say.
We saw no attagonism (sic) between the two races. The would-be looters had disappointment lines in their faces.
Considering the stock, the dispensary had the heaviest insurance.
Quick work. The Peoples Bank was burned at 2:30 p. m. Saturday. At 2:30 p. m. Tuesday, a new safe was being hauled into the present home of the bank.
Considering their losses, our people show wonderful nerve, especially the women.
Mr. John N. Wallace has removed into a residence on Craven street.
Mr. W. J. Thomas now occupies a part of the Ritchie house on the Bay.
The Peoples Bank is now where the Beaufort Bank used to be, in the Commercial Club building.
Mr. Thomas Talbird has his law office just opposite where his former office was located.
The County Dispensary is in the Armstrong store.
Mrs. Rachel Haynes, colored, who lost her home on Carteret street, is very grateful to those who saved her furniture.
Clearing up the debris, and repairing injured homes has began (sic).
The young lady who did such yeoman work in pulling down fences to keep back flames is a heroine.
No crowd of colored people worked harder than those at Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Waterhouse’s houses.
We, the undersigned citizens and property holders of Beaufort, to use this means of extending our thanks to, and expressing our appreciation of the splendid efforts of Mr. Lon Brooks our fire chief, who worked hard and faithfully to save our property, and to whose executive ability belongs the credit for checking the progress of the flames and thereby preventing a spread of the fire which might have resulted in the total destruction of our city.
R. H. Legare, W. H. Ohlandt, S. H. Rodgers, Mrs. G. Levin, F. H. Christensen, H. E. Scheper, F. W. Scheper and many others.
Note. — Owing to lack of space we were unable to publish all names signed to the above card.
The only thing haunting is the race pimp that wrote the article.
How many current residents were even born in 1946, much less full-grown adults?
My grandparents lived there for close to 40 years and I don’t remember hearing of any racial unrest.
With the exception of the "professional victim class" who never pass up a chance to be outraged.
with a special shout out to... Al, Jesse and the other usual suspects....
Why shouldn't it be forgotten? So it can be brought up every 66 years or so to help a bunch of racist jackasses divide our country again for their own selfish purposes?
Give us a break! The lease is up on the White House...
“The year before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier by becoming the first African American to play major league baseball”
Know who else was racist, then? Every city with a major league baseball team, and by extension everywhere people rooted for those teams. So pretty much the whole country. Why single out Sanford?
“Who can’t Al, who is the ‘you’ you are talking about. And what do you mean no more. Who was and is shooting your children and who can do it ‘no more’.”
Why, all the white people who freely shot black children pre-2009. Come on, you’re honestly telling me you never shot a black kid (assuming you’re white)? We used to do it just to test our gun sights. Used to be you could get 20 bucks per scalp at the corner store, but what with inflation, who knows?
Of course, there have never been any incidents of racist inspired violence in Chicago, New York, or anywhere else in the world, only in the American South.
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