1948: A formerly enslaved African American centenarian and his wife humiliated for Klan propaganda

1948: A formerly enslaved African American centenarian and his wife humiliated for Klan propaganda

This is a brief look back at a moment in history, captured in American newspapers. This moment is shared so as never to forget and to always pay attention to those around you. Those who smile at you are not always genuine and are actually plotting against you.

In 1948, an elderly African American couple in Talladega, Alabama were humiliated by taken a propaganda photo with the Klu Klux Klan during the Christmas holiday season. They were said to have been Christmas gifted a radio.  In the photo were Mr. Jack Riddle, who was then age 107 and his wife Mrs. Josey Riddle.

Mr. Jack Riddle was a survivor of being enslaved. Yet, in his elderly years Mr. Riddle and his wife were subjected to these American domestic terrorists and racists.

Freedom in the United States has yet to mean equality for African Americans. Beyond the genocide of the Indigenous people of the Americas, African descent people have been directly targeted with hate.

The battle for economic equality, healthcare access, educational access, equal policing to criminal justice reforms are still front and center in 2020. The people of the world’s nations are watching the United States closely. The United States of America’s sphere of influence will decline as nuclear world powers such as China, India and Russia take full advantage of America’s internal hypocrisies.

The United States continues to have these same behaviors, shown below, only now without the robes to hide their faces.

December 23, 1948 Christmas season

December 28, 1948 Christmas season

The Preamble states:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Article 5 outlines the process for amending, or making changes to the Constitution of the United States. The U.S. Constitution continues to provide in Article 5, a means for the American people to amend and change that fundamental law.

Article V
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Constitutional inadequacies and societal injustices are often identified and then challenged. The Constitution of the United States of America is then amended.

How the next generations of domestic terrorists and racists are groomed
There are some white Americans, who are direct descendants from the peasant classes of Europe and who’s families emigrated to the United States, that spend their time fighting against The Constitution of the United States of America with its amendments. These people are constantly busy grooming the next generation. 

December 11, 1948 

December 17, 1948 

Origin of European Americans

Wealthy Plantation and Industrial Aristocrats
Many Europeans came to America for adventure and to gain wealth.
Many become wealthier than the aristocracy back in Europe. It is many in this class that use the poor class of whites to maintain control. While poor whites rarely move beyond their economic situation from generation to generation.

Indentured Servants
Many white Americans are descendants of people who survived their period of indenture (many didn’t) and went on to live free lives in the American colonies, often after receiving some kind of small compensation to help set them up. This was the incentive that caused many poor whites to indenture themselves and their families to come to what is now the United States. There lives were not equal to those African descent people who were forced into indentured service or who were enslaved.

Convict Servants
In 1718, the British Parliament passed the Transportation Act, under which England began sending its imprisoned convicts to be sold as indentured servants in the American colonies. Many white Americans are descendants of these Europeans. Once they were set free, these Americans could go after wealth like free European immigrants.

After 1718, approximately 60,000 convicts, dubbed “the King’s passengers,“
were sent from England to America. Ninety percent of them stayed in Maryland and Virginia.

Free European Peasant Class of Immigrants

From around 1815 to 1865. The majority of these European newcomers were impoverished people who hailed from Northern and Western Europe.

Approximately one-third came from Ireland, which experienced a massive famine in the mid-19th century.

In the 1840s, almost half of America’s immigrants were from Ireland alone.
Typically impoverished, these Irish immigrants settled near their point of arrival in cities along the East Coast.

Between 1820 and 1930, some 4.5 million Irish migrated to the United States.
Also in the 19th century, the United States received some 5 million impoverished German immigrants. Many of them journeyed to the present-day Midwest to buy farms or congregated in such cities as Milwaukee, St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Between 1880 and 1920, the United States received more than 20 million impoverished European immigrants.

Beginning in the 1890s, the majority of impoverished European immigrant arrivals were from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.

In that decade alone, some 600,000 impoverished Italians migrated to the United States. The peak year for admission of new European immigrants was 1907, when approximately 1.3 million people entered the United States.

By 1920, more than 4 million Italians had entered the United States.
White European Jews, from Eastern Europe fleeing religious persecution, also arrived in large numbers and over 2 million entered the United States between 1880 and 1920. Even more Jews from Europe arrived during and after World War II fleeing Nazi Germany and other anti-Jewish European nations.

After World War II, Congress passed special legislation enabling refugees from Europe and the Soviet Union to enter the United States.

Remembering Yesteryear: American carnivals once held “Hit The Nigger Baby”


Historical Flashback: How poor whites in the South were used during the U.S. Civil War


Immigration: The U.S. once viewed Europeans who were non-British as undesirables in the 1880s and early 1900s

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