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Published by Walter B. Hoye II
In the abortion debate, is there a "Conflict of Interest" within the Black community and among her leaders? Read my free weekly column entitled: "Conflict of Interest" and find out. Each week I examine the abortion debate from an African-American's perspective with a Judeo Christian Worldview.
In the abortion debate, is there a "Conflict of Interest" within the Black community and among her leaders? Read my free weekly column entitled: "Conflict of Interest" and find out. Each week I examine the abortion debate from an African-American's perspective with a Judeo Christian Worldview.

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A Weekly Column By Walter B. Hoye II
Conflict Of Interest
In the abortion debate, is there a "Conflict of Interest"within the Black community and among her leaders?
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Ulysses S. Grant And The Invisible Empire
President Grant Was A Radical Republican Politican
Membership card of A.F. Handcock in the Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku KluxKlan. This certifies that the bearer, whose signature appears hereon, has beenfound worthy of advancement in the mysteries of Klancraft.
Radical Republican President Grant Destroyed The First Klan
"My support for your organization must remain completely invisible." —
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
, a member of theoriginal Ku Klux Klan (KKK) whose statement inspired the Klan's nickname: "
Invisible Empire
Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 July 23, 1885) was the 18thPresident of the United States from 1869–1877.
As President he led the
in their effort to eliminate allremaining vestiges of Confederate nationalism,slavery and
effectively destroyed the firstincarnation of Ku Klux Klan in 1871
First Klan
founded in 1865 in Pulaski,Tennessee, by six veterans of the Confederate Army flourished in the Southfollowing the American Civil War and has been called America's first true terroristgroup.
Members utilized white costumes: robes, masks, and conical hats,designed to mystify, terrify and hide their true identities.
Today the
Ku Klux Klan
is splintered into several independent chapters with no apparent connectionsbetween them and
is rightly classified as a hate group
with an estimatedmembership between 3,000 and 5,000 as of 2012.
Former Black Slaves Endorsed The Radical Republican Party
"Yes, sir. [
The Ku Klux Klan
] is a protective political military organization. I am willing to show any man the constitution of thesociety. The members are sworn to recognize the government of the United States. It does not say anything at all about thegovernment of Tennessee. Its objects originally were protection against Loyal Leagues and the Grand Army of the Republic; butafter it became general it was found that political matters and interests could best be promoted within it, and it was then made
apolitical organization, giving it's support, of course, to the democratic party
." —
former Confederate Lieutenant GeneralNathan Bedford Forrest
, in a Cincinnati Commercial, August 28, 1868 Interview.
 After the North's victory and duringReconstruction, The State of Tennessee ratifiedthe Fourteenth (14th) Amendment and gaveBlack American's the right to vote.
As a result,Tennessee's August gubernatorial election of 1867 was the first time in the Tennessee'shistory that Black Americans would be allowed tovote. Actually and more significantly, this wasthe first time since President Abraham Lincoln'sFriday, January 1st, 1863
that Black American's in theSouth would vote at all. Nevertheless, in the darkbackground of election politics,
former Confederate Lieutenant General NathanBedford Forrest
who was serving as the first
Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
, waskeeping his Klansmen in line in an effort todeflect the attention of the United States Military
(i.e., Union soldiers) away from the Klan'sterrorist program that sought to restore WhiteSupremacy by threats and violence, includingmurder, against freed Black Slaves and WhiteRepublicans.
Working with "Conservatives" (
acoalition of Democrats and old-line Whigs
)Lieutenant General Nathan Forrest tried toconvince former Black Slaves that their former Slave Masters were their best friends and thatthey held their best interest at heart.
To theKlans surprise, the former Black Slaves inTennessee did not believe them andoverwhelmingly voted for the RadicalRepublicans
Knee deep in denial
, the
KuKlux Klan
believed that freed Black Slavesvoted Republican because "
" (aderogatory term Southerners gave toNortherners who moved to the South) and"
" (a derogatory term for SouthernWhites who supported the Radical RepublicanParty) told them to and once freed from such,former Black Slaves would gladly return to beingthe "
good niggers
" they were before the American Civil War.
However, nothingwas ever farther from the truth. Below is an explanation for why
freed Black Slavesendorsed the Radical Republicans
by a delegation of freed South Carolina BlackSlaves.
By the Colored People of South Carolina to the Charleston Democratic PartyFrom the American Missionary, Vol. XII., October 1868, No. 10.
[You] derided the idea of granting usthe right to vote; when your legislaturemet in 1865-66, you passed thatinfamous Black Code … Your lawsprovided for taking and binding-out our children and subjecting us to all manner of disabilities. We could not pursue anytrade or calling in this State withoutwritten permission from some Whiteman; we could not sell any article of barter without the consent first obtainedfrom some magistrate. With all thesefacts before us, and your Negro Code before us … do you not see

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