Patterson’s Axioms

26 09 2012

Mississippi

I keep referring to them, especially the First.  So I suppose I better use the occasion of a blog post to explain.  I’ll also put this in the FAQ section.

Robert “Tut” Patterson founded the Citizens Councils of America in 1954 one millisecond after SCOTUS handed down Brown v Board, because he knew what havoc it would wreak on his beloved Mississippi and Dixie.  He himself  had no idea how negatively profound it would eventually be for the whole country, because he couldn’t predict that the Federal courts would later order forced busing schemes for racial integration within a school district, and in some cases, including St. Louis and Kansas City, between school districts.  But he did live to see it.

The Council of Conservative Citizens is an organizational successor of the CCA.

Patterson had three famous axioms:

First:  Nothing cures the thirst for integration like a good dose of n****rs.

Meaning that you have you’ll come to despise vibrant diversity only if you live around it, while people don’t have to live around it are its greatest advocates.  Patterson was making a point about hypocrisy here, and rebuking the conventional wisdom of the time (which still continues to our time) that racial hostility decreases with integration.

Second:  Take race out of the equation, and white people will vote their pocketbooks, meaning Democrat.

This was very likely true when he first said this, but I think that in almost all circumstances in our times, the Republican Party is the default party for the majority of white voters.  Too, the Democrats have largely punted on the reasons why they were once the default party of white voters on economic issues.

Third (to men):  If you ever go with a woman who likes sex more than you do, watch out.

I know a fair number of men who have the scars to prove this one.

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26 09 2012
Alphonso

Is there anything official that says the CofCC is the successor of the CCA?

26 09 2012
countenance

No, but I know that current leaders of the CofCC happily state that.

By the early 1980s, the fight against forced integration in general was lost, and many CCA leaders got disspirited, disinterested and lethargic. But this was also the time the Federal courts were shifting their school deseg tactics from merely stating “no segregation” to forcing inter and intra district busing. Because residential patterns in the Deep South weren’t segregated, the only way to have segregated schools was to have de jure school segregation. Brown v Board meant the end of de jure school segregation everywhere, and immediately meant “integrated” schools in the Deep South, because Midwestern and Northern cities were the white side of town and the black side of town, the end of de jure segregation was meaningless, because there was de facto segregation. That’s when the Federal courts came in later and forced busing schemes.

So by the early 1980s, you had the CCA throwing in the towel because it had lost its founding battles based on its raison d’etre, but you also had a new racial battle brewing at the same time. Many of the middle management types of the CCA at the time, now the senior leadership of the CofCC, started with what was left of the CCA, started a new organization with a new name that kinda sounded like the old name, and began again. With forced busing a hot issue, there was a big built-in pebble in people’s shoes, to drive membership. A little later on, immigration started to become an issue, because of Reagan’s 1986 Amnesty and Bush 41’s 1990 immigration liberalization, so there was another hot button to recruit off of.




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