Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today -100: January 16, 1913: Of the criticism of Cubans, mixed breeds, negroes and negro-lovers


South Carolina Gov. Coleman Blease sends another message to the SC Legislature, this one all about the newspaper coverage of his remarks on the subject of lynching at the governors’ convention last month. He says “I care nothing for the criticism of Cubans, mixed breeds, negroes or negro-lovers.” He says that he didn’t say anything he hasn’t said many times within the state to applause “from the best people of my state.” And he wants a law against reporters giving “false impressions” of politicians’ speeches.

Mexican rebels are supposedly going to attack Acapulco imminently, and there are American citizens in Acapulco, so Taft sends a warship, as was the custom.

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