With months of Truman’s cuckery and shilling for blacks, the men of the South had enough and wanted action. They were sick of being a doormat and being treated as rowdy children by the abusive National Democratic Party. They were fed up with Yankees telling them how to deal with the negro problem. The South’s leadership realized that the National Democratic Party was going for a power play to win over the black Urbanite vote in the North. They weren’t wrong in their assumptions. The memorandum for the Democratic Party strategy for the upcoming Presidential Race of 1948 was made by two snakes, Clark Clifford and James A Rowe Jr. The men were Truman’s chief strategists and they decided “It is inconceivable, that any policy initiated in the Truman administration no matter how liberal could alienate the south in the next year that it would revolt. As always, the South can be considered safely Democratic. And in formatting national policy, it can be safely ignored.”
They had no respect or care for the South and only saw us as little more than a blind servile dog who they could abuse and take advantage of. This underlines the basic problem with the American Democracy (especially when you allow universal suffrage).
Mississippi would be the State where White Men would finally try to take action. It’s not surprising it would be the Mississippians either. The state had been dealing with the negro problem for decades. It had thrown off the shackles of Reconstruction and black domination in 1875, during the dark days of Radical Reconstruction. It was the second state to secede from the union in 1861. It was the homeland of Jefferson Davis. It was steep in its roots and Southern heritage. Blacks were almost half the population and even more so in the Delta. If the threat of manufactured equality was thrown on the state it would inevitably decay into another black controlled hellhole like Haiti. The White men of Mississippi were determined to not let this befall their great State. The man leading the revolt against Truman in Mississippi was their gallant Governor, Fielding Wright.
Governor Fielding Wright was a quiet and reserved man from an upper class background. It comes as a somewhat of a surprise that such an unassuming man would lead the fight that would become the Dixiecrat movement, but he did. On January 20, 1948 on Inauguration Day in Mississippi the newly elected Governor Wright decided to “throw down the gauntlet” and finally challenge the pompous Truman. He gave his speech to the Mississippi people in which he threatened to bolt the backstabbing Democratic Party in the upcoming election.
“Truman’s Civil rights agenda was political harassment “deliberately aimed” at the South, and he warned the national party not to take Dixie for granted. Wright regretted that Mississippi or the South should break with the Democratic Party in the national election, “but vital principles and eternal truths transcend party lines, and the day is now at hand when determined action must be taken.” ( The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South page 70)
Wright had the foresight and dedication to take quick action. Wright’s call for revolt in Mississippi was heard and listened to by the Mississippi people and leaders. The state was firmly behind their Governor. The Mississippi people could be counted on to stand their ground as they had in 1861. Wright now waited for the rest of Dixie’s support and to see how the quisling President would respond. Truman did respond. On February 2nd Truman went to congress to declare himself a complete traitor to the White South. His whole speech to Congress was on “Civil Rights” and how necessary it was to virtue signal for the World. He shamelessly advocated for massive national civil rights legislation that would be introduced by the Federal Government to regulate businesses and turn blacks into a coddled and protected class. This was a naked attempt to utterly attack the South. This was Truman basically “shooting the bird” so to say at the White South. He knew it and purposely turned his back on his people. His message sent shock waves throughout the South.
“Reactions From Southern governors varied on tone, although none supported the proposed legislation. Governor Millard Caldwell of Florida supported Truman’s nomination regardless of his stand on civil rights, while Governor Ben Laney of Arkansas described the president’s program as distasteful, unthinkable, and ridiculous. Even populist Governor James E. Folsom of Alabama assailed the president and offered to challenge him for the nomination. South Carolina’s entire congressional delegation denounced the program, and Governor Strom Thurmond affirmed that his state was ready to fight.” (The Dixiecrat Revolt page 76)
It was clear that there would be a backlash. The question was though, how big would that backlash be. Governor Fielding Wright was hoping that he could get a mass movement of Southerners off the ground to jolt Truman and his treasonous party. Wright planned a rally on February 12th among Mississippi Democrats to answer the call of state’s rights and “Jefferson”. Meanwhile, Truman was being barraged with mail from rightfully outraged Southerners. The mail he received shows the desperation and shock of the South in how Truman betrayed them. The mail shows how Southerners felt rightfully betrayed and alone. They were betrayed. Truman was elected on a ticket that won every signal Southern state in the Presidential Election of 1944. Now, he had utterly abandoned and castigated his Southern brethren. He was willing to ruin everything over a few instances of violence, which were mostly well earned by sassy blacks. More revolting was the fact that Truman diaries show that he had an utter disregard for the South’s concern. Truman was not going to stop his disgusting self righteous crusade to “perfect democracy”.
Truman enjoyed the “feels” of his constant shameful virtue signaling.
The Southern Governor’s would meet in Tallahassee in February for the Southern Governors Conference. There they heavily discussed Truman’s Civil Rights program and what should be their action against it. The fever ridden Governor Wright was also in attendance and urged strong action. Wright proposed they later meet in Jackson, Mississippi for a “Southern Conference for True Democrats”. The Governors all opposed Truman’s civil rights action but yet some were too scared to leave the party like Wright wanted. Governor Folsom of Alabama wanted to deal with the Civil Rights platform at the upcoming coming National Democratic Convention in the Summer. Both Folsom’s and Wright’s plans were meet with girly indecisiveness. That’s when Governor Thurmond of South Carolina called for a compromise and a “cooling off period”. The Governors agreed on Thurmond’s “cooling off strategy”, sadly. They mistakenly thought that they could bait Truman into catering to them like he did to the liberals when progressive Henry Wallace bolted. Thurmond also wanted a committee made to decide on further action. In certain aspects Thurmond’s actions come off as somewhat cowardly yet I don’t think Thurmond was trying to capitulate. The following passage is from the book describing Governor Thurmond at this time.
“Thurmond tried to present himself as both reasonable and defiant. His solution was comparatively moderate, and he urged white southerners to “approach the situation… with dignity, self-respect and restraint”; nevertheless, his tone was strident. The proposed “anti-American” civil rights measures, he declared, “would jeopardize the peace and good order which prevails” in the South.” (Dixiecrat Revolt 79)
Governor Thurmond might have been trying to win over both the moderates and the Governors wanting immediate action. Whatever the case, he was soon turned upon by the black agitators of the state. Thurmond during the 40 day “cooling off” period would take it upon himself to try to win over the South’s congressmen and senators to his cause. His mission failed as only Georgia Senator Richard Russell and Louisiana’s Senators urged their state’s governors to act against the civil rights program. The the more moderate leaders of the South dragged their feet in their collective sandbagging. The Upper South and Florida ignored Thurmond’s calls for action or sent very mild half hearted replies. The Dixiecrat Democrats (men like Governor Wright, most of whom were from the Deep South) decided to strike back at Truman. They did so at the Jefferson-Jackson Day festivities that were held to raise cash for the national Democratic Party. Governor Laney of Arkansas requested that the $10,000 made from the parties in Arkansas would remain in Arkansas instead of going to the hands of the treasonous National Party. On top of this, many of the Arkansas guest left before the windbag Truman even began his speech. Another incident worth mentioning is how Senator Olin Johnston sent a message to the Democratic Party leaders.
“The most widely publicized insult to the president was orchestrated by South Carolina Senator Olin Johnston. Anxious and the knowledge that African-Americans would be attending the dinner, Johnston’s wife, Gladys, had asked the DNC Chairman McGarth for assurance that she would not be seated “next to a negro”. When McGarth rebuffed her, Johnston and the entire South Carolina delegation boycotted the dinner. Because Gladys Johnston helped plan the banquet, Johnson’s table was directly in front of President Truman’s podium. Johnston even hired a professional boxer to stand guard over the table to prevent anyone from sitting there.”
(Dixiecrat Revolt page 81)
This is how Southern Senators should act when they are snubbed or abused by pompous liberal windbags like Mr. McGarth. Unfortunately we no longer control our Senators as we can see in South Carolina where Homosexual Neocon Lindsey Graham now holds Olin’s old seat.
The Southern Governors met with DNC Chairman Howard McGarth on February 23rd to discuss their grievances with the national party. It’s at this meeting that we see Thurmond take the reins of leadership and set the example. In the meeting the officials noted that it seemed as the Governors, with exception being Thurmond, were willing to make “concessions”. Only Thurmond seemed determined to stand his ground as he was noted as “didn’t smile” and “did not join in the peasantries” by a DNC official. Thurmond was stern and serious. With Thurmond’s gallant example and show of leadership the other governors decided to follow his example at the end of the talk and offered no concessions. The insidious Yankee McGarth refused to quit his scheming against the south and informed the governors that the Truman administration had no plans to change their civil rights platform. To this the heroic Governor Thurmond responded with the warning that Dixieland was “no longer in the bag”. It was once again crystal clear that Truman had no intention of listening to reason or heeding the warning of his homeland and ancestors. If the South wanted to stop Truman they would have to either drop him off the Democratic ticket in the upcoming Democratic Convention in the summer or secede from the party.