Representative Tommy Benton (R-Georgia) is a retired teacher with some strong Southern pride. He’s not just proud about living below the Mason-Dixon Line, though.
He doesn’t understand why people don’t like the Ku Klux Klan, saying it:
“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 doesn’t allow minorities to join and openly promotes white supremacy. They’re also known for various hate crimes, especially lynching.
Benton was just appointed to a study committee on civics.
Benton is so much more than a KKK apologist, though. He also supported legislation that would recognize Confederate Memorial Day, even though the South lost in the Civil War. Another piece of legislation that supported the Confederacy, one that would honor General Robert E Lee’s birthday as a holiday, had Benton’s stamp of approval.
Lee’s statue was recently removed in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Benton also has a problem with how slavery ended. He said:
“The North was advocating they do away with slavery, but they offered no idea as to what the South would do with a loss of $2 billion worth of property, per se.”
The ‘property’ he’s referring to are human beings.
Defending the KKK, honoring a slave owner and complaining the South lost billions of dollars because slavery ended. This man taught school for 30 years and will now help oversee Georgia’s education system. America can do better.
Watch this video to learn more about Benton’s views on slavery.
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