The Unholy Trinity
All Democrats – All Racists – 2 Baptists – 1 Methodist
George Corley Wallace, Jr. the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. Wallace is remembered for his Southern neo-dixiecrat and “Jim Crow” attitudes during the mid-20th century period of the Civil Rights Movement, declaring in his 1963 Inaugural Address that he stood for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” and standing in front of the entrance of the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop the enrollment of black students. Wallace was a Methodist.
Lester Garfield Maddox, Sr. served as the 75th Governor of Georgia from 1967 to 1971. A populist Democrat, Maddox came to prominence as a staunch segregationist, when he refused to serve black customers in his Atlanta restaurant, in defiance of the Civil Rights Act. Later he served as Lieutenant Governor during the time that Jimmy Carter served as Governor. Maddox was a Baptist.
Orval Eugene Faubus served as 36th Governor of Arkansas from 1955 to 1967. He is best remembered for his 1957 stand against desegregation of the Little Rock School District during the Little Rock Crisis, in which he defied a unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court made in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education by ordering the Arkansas National Guard to prevent black students from attending Little Rock Central High School. Faubus was a Southern Baptist.
I know racism when I see it as I lived in Arkansas during the Faubus regime of hate and discrimination. I remember the “White and Colored” drinking fountains, restrooms and waiting areas in bus and train stations. I remember the lunch counters that were for “Whites Only”. I remember the signage on public transportation that read “Colored Seated In The Rear”. I heard the preaching from pulpits that attempted to justify segregation by bending and twisting the Scriptures. I remember the hateful looks from racists simply because my brother has very kinky hair. And when we later moved to Ohio…well they didn’t have the blatant racist signage and overt restrictions, but covert racism existed. Even as late as 2001 I heard a pastor in Ohio quote a statement made by the KKK. Oh yes, I most definitely know about racism; I can smell it.