Sunday, August 05, 2012

Today -100: August 5, 1912: Dat jes’ makes me laff


Just for laughs, the NYT has been asking Southern politicians what they think of Roosevelt’s bifurcated policy of white supremacy in the South/asking for negro votes in the North. Rep. Ben Johnson (D-Kentucky) says it “makes me think of the old darky down in the Blue Grass region, who, when asked what he thought of a certain utterance, said, ‘Dat jes’ makes me laff.’” Southern politicians – always ready with a good “darky” story.

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