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A Long Ago Political Fight


I’ve been reading Unforgivable Blackness–The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey Ward.

Johnson was the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He was champion from 1910 until 1915.

Johnson grew up in Galveston, Texas and was once president of the Twelfth Ward Republican Club in Galveston.

From that position, Johnson ran for Galveston County Republican Chair. This was sometime in the late 1890’s.

( No black Southerner with any sense would have been a Democrat back in those days.)

Here is an account of the Republican county convention where Johnson was a candidate for county chair—

“He had a bitter rival whose name Johnson only recalled as “Deep Six.” When the two appeared side-by-side before the convention and his opponent reached for his revolver, Johnson knocked him out. A fistfight then broke out on the floor, and the delegates rand for the doors. After that Johnson said, he decided to return t the ring: the ” political struggle was too complicated and too wearying” to suit him.”

Here is a newspaper account of the 1896 Texas Republican Convention. The issue up for debate was should black Republicans vote in a separate primary from white voters

“….bludgeons, bottles, pistols and knives all figured in. Tables were smashed and chairs broken, while groans and oaths blended. ”

I’d like to see that on C-SPAN.

Here is a history of the Texas Republican Party from the party webpage. 

Below is an excerpt from that history—

“African Americans were one group of Texans that would consistently support the Republican Party in Texas in those early years. In fact, throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans.

It was through the hard work of a number of dedicated African American men and women that the earliest foundations of the Republican Party of Texas were laid. The first ever state Republican convention that met in Houston on July 4, 1867 was predominantly African American in composition, with about 150 African American Texans attending, and 20 Anglos.”

The second State GOP Chairman, Norris Wright Cuney, an African-American from Galveston who led the Republican Party from 1883 to 1897, is said by State historians to have held “the most important political position given to a black man of the South in the nineteenth century.”

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Books, Political History, Politics, Texas | , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Would Like To Live In This Houseboat

I would like to live in this houseboat. 

Update 6/8/09— I made this post almost 18 months ago on a Friday afternoon because I needed to put something up on the blog and I did not have much time. For the last few months this post has been getting between 5 and 20 hits a day. I  can’t figure out why. I enjoy the pitcure, but I doubt anybody plans to live on a boat such as the one seen above. Might someone who has come to post please tell me what they were looking for and how it is they found this blog? Also, since you are here , please consider looking around the rest of the blog. I try hard to make this a good blog.

Here is a link to a more fancy version of the boat you see above.  

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 17 Comments