“Slave Garb” Picture Reminds People Of Slavery, South Carolina Lawmaker Defends His Action

September 17th, 2010 - 7:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
slave-grab-picSep 17, (THAINDIAN NEWS) South Carolina senate President is facing the heat as a result of a photograph that has caught the attention of the national media. It is a picture of him in a military uniform of the civil war era alongside two African- American men in ” slave garb” which was noticed by a blogger who put the picture on net and the media soon caught up with it. The photograph has been said to bring painful memories to mind as South Carolina happened to have the second largest slave port in the past. The irony is the photograph has been taken in that very port which is in Charleston.

The Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says that the picture is being misinterpreted as he had absolutely no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings and that in his own words it was a friendly photograph. The photograph was taken a week ago in Charleston during a Women’s Republican conference where the members had asked for a broad presentation of the state’s history which explains the dressing and as for the photograph the senate president said that they were taken as a memory of the event. The event he urged should be taken in the way it was presented on the very evening of the photograph being taken though many are seeing this as a racist incident.

Sen. John Courson who is a Richland County Republican said that the senate president Pro Tem Glenn McConnell is not a racist and that he has known him for forty years. The issue is of concern as it has cropped up just months ahead of what appears to be years long sesquicentennial observance of South Carolina’s role in the Civil War but the photograph controversy can create problems for him.

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