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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SC Senator Tim Scott, Trump and Atwater's ":Nigger Memo"

     I had a good chat with Intern Jim of Greenville SC and SC GOP Senator Tim Scott's DC office this morning. I told him to look for this blog posted on Bakari Sellers facebook wall hoping it may add fodder to CNN conversation tonight about Trump's meeting with SC's Black Republican Senator Tim Scott.

     Front and Center should be some truth and reconciliation conversation about Lee Atwater's 1980 Nigger Memo as framed in the easily googled Monuments, Traitors, Religion Dispatches piece. The Atwater memo is also key to the theme of Wuthnow's Rough Country book on Baptist fundamentalists and how they shaped the modern Republican Party.

  Here is Atwater's strategy and memo

    Atwater begat Rove with help of Nixon's Southern Strategist Harry Dent, aided and abetted with the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention and left over Birchers like Pressler, Helms, Criswell and Albert Lee Smith, and Rove begat Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller and Sessions and Here We are in Trump Land.

   Former Ga Gov Roy Barnes said it was Atwater's Dream to have every blue collar white man in the south go in a voting booth and have a choice between a white Republican and a Black Democrat. Here in Bama Mike Hubbard's gerrymandering with help of Kobach's 2009 immigration bill that Methodist Bishop Willimon compared to the fugitive slave law; well the point is with Tucker Carlson's baiting of ESPN last night and Rob Lee on The View with Whoopi Goldberg on Monday, Nick Saban of the Crimson Tide and SEC Commish Greg Sankey are about to get in the conversation and There Goes the Neighborhood.

    Almost no staff that I talked to from the Bama and SC Delegation have read Devil's Bargain, nor Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Country.

   This white boy from the Bi racial Committee of 1971 in Gaffney SC is concerned. I served with a Miss Gaffney, a daughter of a prominent Doctor for whom the Football field was named, Charles Foster soon to be in the Montreal Olympics, and Grady Sizemore, whose son was consensus best MLB player of the first decade of 21st Century, Grady Jr with the Indians.

    Ive read Joe Crespino's Strom Thurmond's America. I'm ready to go on CNN and talk with Bakari Sellers about Trump's meeting with Tim Scott.

   Miss Gaffney, my friend  mighta been on the Teacher on the Month Committee. It's all there in The Cherokeean.

   PS Whoopi was in that movie with Gaffney native Andie Macdowell by that dude who I think did Nashville, Altman. Whoopi was great and proud to see Andie too.

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