Monday, September 14, 2015

Blue Eagle, Yellow Dog, White Supremacy

How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes? -- Samuel Johnson

"The Southern States' Industrial Council was organized at Chattanooga, Tennessee, on December 19, 1933, 'to protect the South against discrimination' which meant, as was revealed in a subsequent meeting at Birmingham, Alabama, on February 27, 1934, the preservation of the Southern wage differentials. The arguments advanced were that higher labor costs would be fatal to the industries already established in the region or that the differential was necessary to permit the further expansion of industry in this agricultural region. The strangest argument, however, was advanced by Mr. John J. Edgerton, President of the Council. He felt that low pay would "preserve labor's racial purity, that is foreign labor will not be attracted to the Southland."