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Democrat RACIST Eugene “Bull” Connor (1897 – 1973)

Posted by FactReal on March 10, 2021

RACISM & THE DEMOCRAT PARTY
Meet “Bull” Connor (1897 – 1973)

Summary:
– Racist, segregationist, Democrat
– Famous for ordering the use of police dogs and fire hoses to disperse civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham (Alabama, 1963).
– Long political career as a Democrat:
— Delegate to four Democratic National Conventions (1948, 1956, 1964, and 1968)
— State of Alabama Congressman (1935-1937)
— Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety (1937-1952, 1957-1963)
— President of Alabama Public Service Commission (1965-1972)

Democrat Racist Eugene Bull Connor 1960 Alabama

DEMOCRAT RACIST EUGENE “BULL” CONNOR
Most famous for his staunch defense of racial segregation and for ordering the use of police dogs and fire hoses to disperse civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

RACIST:
– Defended racial segregation.
– Sometimes flamboyant white supremacist.
– Remembered today as an icon of racial intolerance.
– Most famous for: ordering the use of police dogs and fire hoses to disperse civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham during the spring of 1963.

— In 1963. Martin Luther King Jr., in cooperation with local civil rights leaders, led demonstrations in Birmingham against racial segregation.
— Connor as Birmingham’s commissioner of public safety, ordered Birmingham police officers and firemen to use dogs and high-pressure water hoses against demonstrators.
— Images of the resulting mayhem appeared on television and in newspapers throughout the country and helped to shift public opinion in favor of national civil-rights legislation.
— Images of the demonstrations are still regularly broadcast and published and have helped cement Connor and Birmingham as symbols of racial intolerance.

– Connor protected Klansmen who committed racial violence, including bombings.
– In 1961, he ordered Birmingham police to stay away from the Trailways bus station while Klansmen attacked the Freedom Riders, a group of civil rights activists who were touring the South to protest segregation.
– Closed city parks to prevent desegregation.
– Connor was unrepentant and never repudiated his defense of racial segregation.

DEMOCRAT
Connor held a variety of public offices over four decades:
– In 1934, Connor entered the Democratic primary race for a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Connor served in the legislature from 1935 to 1937.
– In 1937, Connor was elected Birmingham’s commissioner of public safety, a position that gave him administrative authority over the police and fire departments, schools, the public health service, and libraries.
– He won reelection to the city commission in 1941, 1945, and 1949.
– Connor served as a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions (1948, 1956, 1964, and 1968).
– In 1950, Connor ran unsuccessfully for governor and then returned to his work as a commissioner.
– In 1960, Connor was elected Alabama’s Democratic National Committeeman
– In 1962 he ran another unsuccessful campaign for governor.
– Connor filed a legal challenge to the change in city government and remained in office until May 1963.
– After leaving office in Birmingham, Connor was elected to two terms as president of the Alabama Public Service Commission (1964-73), the state agency that regulates utilities.

Democrat Bull Connor used fire hoses & police dogs to quell Civil Rights demonstrations

From video: “In 1963, under orders by city commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, Birmingham Alabama City Police used fire hoses and police dogs against children and adults engaged in nonviolent protests against segregation. The demonstrations were part of Martin Luther King Junior’s Birmingham campaign. Television news coverage of the attacks by police sparked mass nationwide protests.”

Democrat Bull Connor, 1963: “You’ve got to keep your white and the black separate.”

SOURCES:
Encyclopedia of Alabama | Archive
PBS: Meet the Players: Other Figures
Library of Congress
Birmingham Public Library
Birmingham Public Library – Civil Rights

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