February 4, 1972

On February 4, 1972, racist Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina sent a memo to John Mitchell, the Attorney General of the United States that demanded that musician John Lennon be deported. Why? Because the anti-Nixon movement was in full swing and Strom Thurmond thought that if he could force a public figure like Lennon out of the country, the other people in the movement would disband because of the fear of what the government could do to them. The Attorney General was not willing to force the issue with Lennon and Thurmond’s actions later came back to bite him in the butt. South Carolina continued to elect him, but his power on a national level sank and he was never able to regain it.

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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