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Too Many Monuments? Then Get Rid Of This Jerk January 26, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.

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FITSNews – January 26, 2007 – It’s absolutely amazing that La Socialista, South Carolina’s largest, most liberal newspaper, totally air-dried on even mentioning “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman in this morning’s article about monument overload on the S.C. State House grounds.

Sure, reporter “Rowdy” Roddie Burris told us all about one State Representative‘s struggle to erect a giant statue of an unborn fetus (no word yet on whether Mitt Romney has lent his support to this bill or not), but we got nothing about the former S.C. governor who once said of black people: “We have scratched our heads to find out how we could eliminate the last one of them. We stuffed ballot boxes. We shot them. We are not ashamed of it.”

It’s truly amazing Ben Tillman’s statue doesn’t provoke more outrage in South Carolina (especially around MLK day) than it does, but then again several State Senators (most of them Democrats and some of them black) paid inadvertent homage to one of the fathers of their State Party just two days ago by rejecting the vast majority of Gov. Mark Sanford‘s restructuring proposals.

“Inadvertent homage?”

Well, Tillman was after all the principal architect of South Carolina’s current (and we use that term loosely) State Constitution, a 112-year old document that makes sure South Carolina’s executive branch is splintered into a million pieces and totally unable to meet the demands of the 20th Century, to say nothing of the one we’re in now.

Other than the fact we’ve just always been a bunch of backward ass rednecks down here, why was our State Constitution set up like that?

Because if Tillman’s Jim Crow laws didn’t work and a black person was somehow elected governor, he wanted to make damn sure that person wouldn’t be able to get anything done.

Kind of like Mark Sanford. Except much, much tanner. And perhaps slightly more effective.

Memo to Barack Obama: Seriously dude, what more do you want from us? We’re giving this to you on a silver platter. If you can’t gin up some outrage on the Tillman statue you might as well stick to mimicking the Romney health care plan or hanging out with all those damn Hollywood liberals.

Sure, some might argue that removing the Tillman statue is revisionist history, an imposition of today’s morality onto the cultural standards of yesteryear. But those people would be f’ing idiots.

They took the Swastikas down in Nazi Germany after WWII, didn’t they?

Our thanks to Sic Willie for the history lessons as we researched this article. We were thinking as we wrote it what a great professor he would be, but then we remembered that would involve putting him in the same room with impressionable college girls. Scary, people. Scary.



1. Greta - January 26, 2007

To the FITS girls of the Upper Conway Lower Aynor region of this great state:

I realize that your last paragraph was not the gist of this post, but couldn’t help but comment. You know, Sic Willie has many incredible talents that could lead him down the road to fortune and fame.
Please look out for him. View yourselves as hs bumper guards. Keep him from straying too far off the beaten path and maybe, just maybe one day he will bloom.

2. RAF - January 26, 2007

I think De-Tillmanization would be an excellent step – cause his actions did nothing but put this state in a giant hole – one we are still trying to get out of. Not only should he be removed, I am not so sure he should even be relocated.

3. Scott - January 26, 2007


Don’t forget, he also said, “I have three daughters, but so help me God, I had rather find either one of them killed by a tiger or a bear and gather up her bones and bury them, conscious that she had died in the purity of her maidenhood, than to have her crawl to me and tell me horrid story that she had been robbed of the jewel of her womanhood by a black fiend.”

and….”The whites have absolute control of the government and we intend at any hazard to retain it.”

and wrote…. “The negro must remain subordinate or be exterminated.”

…oh yeah….and he was verifiably involved in more murders than the Son of Sam (seven verified dead in the Hamburg Massacre and the execution of black state senator Simon Coker by Red-Shirts detailed to do so by their commander, Ben Tillman…that’s 8. David Berkowitz confessed to 6 murders).

You know, racial conflict and racism is part of our history we can’t erase, but I’ll be d@#^ed if I don’t see why we can’t remove the name of an admitted mass murder from buildings….much less try to avoid building monuments to the SOB.

4. JoMo - January 26, 2007

Another reason we should take Tillman’s statute down…..Clempson

5. G.L. - January 26, 2007

It’s surprising that The State did not mention the Tillman statue because The State newspaper was created to fight Tillmanism. Also, there is a monument on Senate and Sumter right across from the State House for the first editor of The State newspaper who was murdered in cold blood by Tillman’s brother.

6. Renalda - January 26, 2007


I was on the statehouse grounds yesterday, and thought I had found something new. There were small monuments to Sanford restructuring programs….all over the place. Then I realized someone had been walking their dog.

Oops, my bad.


7. Alex Gillon - January 27, 2007

Interesting point about Tillman. But if you start with his statue, where do you stop?
Do you leave Strom Thurmond, who while obviously very tolerant of African-Americans privately, hardly allowed those feelings to impede his political career, if you look at his public statements over the years.(his father, by the way, was Tillman’s pwersonal attorney and campaign manager, and shot a man dead on the streets of Edgefield for insulting Tillman. Or James F. Byrnes–hardly a champion of racial
equality, or J. Marion Sims, who exploited black women shamelessly in his pursuit of medical knowledge. Wade Hampton was a slaveowner and contributed not only his military talents, but huge amounts of money to the Confederacy, although after the war he was more tolerant than most towards the freedman. (and an enemy of Tillman.) The point is, as Shelby Foote, so succinctly put in, “”you can’t hide from your history.” You will find a blemish in every man. Don’t forget that although Carroll Campbell, who did much for this state as governor, no doubt was guilty of Anti-Semitism in his political tactics when he defeated Max Heller for Congress back in the 1970’s and his racial stands(he was against removing the CSA flag from atop the State House) left much to be desired. There is a proposal to erect his
statue on the State House grounds. So, “let those of you who are without sin, cast the first stone.”

8. Poofie - January 28, 2007

Amen. Let’s start a program to remove all dumb statues wherever they exist!

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