In an episode emblematic of what we’ve come to expect from these racist idiots, Mr. Benton actually defended the Ku Klux Klan. He claimed the KKK “was not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order. It made a lot of people straighten up. I’m not saying what they did was right. It’s just the way things were.”
The KKK was a white supremacist terrorist organization during Reconstruction. It was completely racist. But this fool has no clue about history. Benton is, apparently, a retired middle school history teacher, which helps explain the sad state of history knowledge among Americans. His students never stood a chance of learning anything remotely accurate about American history.
Benton holds the typical ahistorical neoconfederate beliefs about the Civil War. “James Cobb, professor emeritus of history at the University of Georgia and a former president of the Southern Historical Association, said Benton position that the Civil War was not caused by slavery is not one held by most historians. ‘There just is an overwhelming body of evidence to suggest otherwise,’ he said. For example, Georgia politician and Confederate Vice PresidentAlexander Stephens said slavery was the ‘cornerstone’ of the Confederacy, Cobb said. After the war, Stephens and other southern statesmen would argue that the fight was for state’s rights, while working to reestablish political white supremacy across the South through segregation, he said. ‘There was even an academic school (of thought) at one time that held that it was economic reasons that brought about the war,’ Cobb said. ‘There is certainly a heritage to that line of argument, but it is a line of argument that has been thoroughly and repeatedly refuted by historians. As Rep Benton says, people are going to believe what they are going to believe.’ ”
The racist representative has also started attacking Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. “Benton has also introduced a bill that would require streets in Georgia that once honored veterans but have since been renamed to return to their original name. If it were to pass, the would result in a portion of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Atlanta reverting to its earlier name of Gordon Road, in honor of Gen. John B. Gordon, a Confederate general and former governor and senator for Georgia who was a leader in the Ku Klux Klan. The bill does not mention King, but it does set 1968 — the year of King’s assassination — as the time period from which renamings would be reversed.”
One can’t go broke betting on the racism or the stupidity [or both] of neoconfederates.
Brooks Simpson, as we might expect, is all over this story.