August 29, 1957

On This Date in in 1957, Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He was dead set against the Federal Government enforcing the laws that ensured that African Americans had certain basic rights, like voting and quality education. He actually said “”all the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.” Notice he did not say, “And keep the hot black women out of the white man’s bedroom.” His oldest daughter was the result of his impregnating a 16 year old black maid when he was 22 and living at home on the family plantation in South Carolina. But he was true to his roots, he was dead set against his oldest daughter enjoying the right to vote, go to school with white children, or even going to church with white people. He never publicly acknowledged her during his long, long life.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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