This Week in White Supremacy, Week #111: What happened to the Senators who voted to acquit Johnson

Michael Harriot on Twitter: “Back then, there were 54 Senators (the old racist states hadn’t rejoined yet), which meant they needed 36 votes to convict Johnson. They got 35. No senator who voted to acquit Johnson ever held an elective office again.”


  • How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’s | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
  • Reparations for slavery are already being paid all over the country – The Washington Post
  • Ian Sandwell on Twitter: “Joaquin Phoenix went IN on the lack of diversity at the #EEBAFTAs in a powerful winning speech: “I think we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here… We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism.”” / Twitter


  1. michaelharriot on Twitter: “Everyone’s talking about impeachment and Clinton & Johnson as the only presidents ever impeached. But most people don’t know WHY Johnson was impeached. So let me tell you the story about how not impeaching a racist president is a BIG reason why white supremacy lingers in America” / Twitter (From Dec. 2019, but relevant to today)
  2. How a cut in U.S. PEPFAR aid contributed to a blood shortage in Kenya and put a baby’s life at risk – The Washington Post
  3. Kristen Clarke on Twitter: “Imagine for one second how this one ends if these so-called gun activists were all Black.” / Twitter
  4. Colin Kaepernick’s old team is in the Super Bowl, and the NFL has erased him – The Washington Post
  5. Graduates Of Historically Black Colleges May Be Paying More For Loans: Watchdog : NPR
  6. Andy Kindler on Twitter: “Literally unbelievable. @AriMelber @jelani9 @MSNBC [graphic of Medal of Freedom recipients]

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