My Response to "The Blight That Is Still With Us"


In a New York Times op-ed piece entitled “The Blight That Is Still With Us” (, Mr. Bob Herbert spews the usual bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal damyankee puke on the people of South Carolina.

Here follows my response to

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Mr. Bob Herbert writes in his article “The Blight That Is Still With Us” (22 January 2008):

They still honor Benjamin Tillman down here, which is very much like honoring a malignant tumor. A statue of Tillman, who was known as Pitchfork Ben, is on prominent display outside the statehouse.

Tillman served as governor and U.S. senator in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A mortal enemy of black people, he bragged that he and his followers had disenfranchised “as many as we could,” and he publicly defended the murder of blacks.

In a speech on the Senate floor, he declared:

“We of the South have never recognized the right of the negro to govern white men, and we never will. We have never believed him to be the equal of the white man, and we will not submit to his gratifying his lust on our wives and daughters without lynching him.”

Real change is more than problematic in a state so warped by its past that it can continue to officially admire a figure like Tillman.

I wonder why Mr. Herbert is surprised that South Carolina would have a monument to a man who “never recognized the right of the negro to govern white men” and “never believed him

[the negro] to be the equal of the white man” when our nation’s capital has a monument to a man who said, among other things:

We have also decided that the negro shall not be a citizen within our limits; that he shall not vote, hold office, or exercise any political rights


I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.

That man was Abraham Lincoln. The two quotes above were made in September of 1858. More may be had at

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Spring, Texas