South Carolina’s Most Powerful Lawmaker Defends His Picture With People In ‘Slave Garb’

September 17th, 2010 - 8:02 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

slave-grab-pic September 17, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A picture of the Senate President Pro Tem, Glenn McConn of South Carolina has attracted media attention after it was posted on the Internet. The image shows McConn wearing a military uniform of the bygone Civil War era while two African-Americans besides him are dressed in ‘slave garbs’

The photograph was taken at a Republican women’s conference held last week. McConn said that the image was just an innocent representation and had no special significance.

McConnell, a Republican from Charleston is known as the most powerful lawmaker of the state. He also chairs The Senate Judiciary Committee and is known as a Civil war enthusiast. McConnell, however, refuses to apologize and states that the image is being misinterpreted.

The other residents of the state do not seem to be amused, however. They insist that it was done to rake up the painful past of South Carolina which once served as the second largest slave trading port. Ironically the port was located at Charleston where the image had been taken.

Rev. Joe Darby, the first vice president of the NAACP of the state says that it depicts his world views which are unfortunate. He goes on to say that the African-Americans in the photograph seem to be subservient to him and it will be a matter of concern to see how much of his world view impinges on the public policy that he adopts.

Richland County Republican, Sen. John Courson said that he had known McConnell for over 40 years and he was clearly not a racist. He is worried though about the impact the photograph will have on the observance of South Carolina’s role in the Civil War slated to be held only a few months from now.

The president of the civil rights organization in the state, Lonnie Randolph, has condemned the photograph stating that it shows how little progress the state has made in being human beings.

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