Racist War and Club Giraud

September 5, 2018

Some people have gone the coward way by refusing to talk about racism and have

taken a simplistic approach of saying, “Let’s just forget about it.” This amnesia produces a denial syndrome and leads to more and more racism. When the Texas Constitution of 1869 was written it was a progressive document that reflected an attempt by the federal government to provide civil rights for blacks. The southern racists had lost the war, and when Article VI of the Texas Constitution, “Right of Suffrage” was written. This historic document produced thousands of black voters in Texas for the first time, and resulted in the election of some of the first black elected officials after 1866. The era was known as Reconstruction and has been negatively propagandized over the years, and attempts to erase it was done by putting up confederate monuments while at the same time reinforcing the ideas of segregation. They tried their best to make heroes out of racists and poor whites that were forced to defend the wealthy plantation owners.


Had it not been for the revolutionary winds of Reconstruction there might not have been George Ruby and Matthew Gaines, who were black and were both elected to the Texas State Senate in 1869. Little has been said about this period except for the racist slant of false history that has been handed down by the defeated racist southern confederacy.  As a result of the empowerment of African Americans in the 1869, Texas A&M University was built at College Station, as was Prairie View College. If one were to believe the historical amnesia of southern racists the good works of the Reconstruction era would be reduced to disinformation with such labels as “carpetbagger.” In fact, the whole carpetbagger myth, which includes racist terms like “scalawags,” which originally referred to ex-slaves, was pushed forward by Ku Klux Klan members, and former members of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), who hated the governorship E.J. Davis. E.J. Davis was the Reconstruction governor who empowered armed black militias, which angered Texas racists who feared armed black men. The whole carpetbagger myth can even be heard today, when one hears complaints about “Yankees” or “Northerners,” and the propaganda ploy, by racist fire eaters, of saying the South was simply fighting “Northern aggression.”


The use term “Yankee” was aimed at blaming others for the death, misery, and destruction caused by racists when they voted to secceed from the union and start the Civil War. They didn’t think hard enough however; for they themselves admitted that the Civil War was about slavery in their secession articles. When abolitionists entered Texas they were called “Yankees.” Many of these “Yankees” opposed slavery, which placed pressures upon racist forces to see African Americans as men and women. However, former slaves voted in the thousands for the Texas 1869 constitution despite threats from racist forces.


When blacks were first registered to vote in 1867, white racist violence increased and the Klan lynched a Black Methodist minister, named George E. Brooks, who was a voter registrar, in Brazos County. Blacks were not deterred and soon armed themselves as militias under the auspices of Governor Davis. By 1874, Reconstruction was defeated by, southern racists and their northern racist friends by withdrawing support for Reconstruction. In San Antonio, the racist mayor Francois Giraud, who sold slaves at his auction house before the war, helped to enshrine racism at City Hall by opposing the gains of Reconstruction. Unfortunately, a club on St. Mary’s Street, in downtown San Antonio is named “Club Giraud” after this bigot and seller of human flesh. 




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