A White Supremacist's Legacy Looms Over Schools In South Carolina

February 19, 2015 8:22 PM

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A White Supremacist's Legacy Looms Over Schools In South Carolina

Earlier this week, the board of trustees at Clemson University in South Carolina decided not to change the name of the school's iconic clock tower, Tillman Hall, despite protests by grad students and professors. It's named after Benjamin Tillman, who was a South Carolina governor and a senator in the late 1800s and one of Clemson's founders. Tillman also happened to be a raging, notorious white supremacist.

Even in a time when hatred of black folks was often a political asset, Tillman was something of an overachiever. He was a member of an antiblack terrorist group that operated throughout the South during Reconstruction called the Red Shirts, and often bragged from the floor of the state legislature o...

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