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saint satin stain of Left In Alabama interviews “Junior” Weatherly
saint satin stain:
Welcome to Left In Alabama “Junior” Weatherly. You were born in Scottsboro and raised in Scottsboro?
“Junior” Weatherly: Thank you commie pinko traveler liberal. Or is that libertine?
Yes. My father, Thomas Elias Weatherly, the Senior, was principal of George Washington Carver High School and an officer in Saint Paul A.M.E. Church. My mother, Lucy Weatherly (nee Golson, born in Huntsville) taught Home Economics at Carver and was an officer in the woman’s auxiliary of the church. My paternal grandmother, Mary Emily Hunter, was principal of the Rosenwald Elementary School in Hollywood, Alabama. She was the church secretary. Grandmother’s father was Rev. Elias Donegan, an A.M.E. minister. My sisters and I attended Carver High School.
saint satin stain:
I attended George Washington Carver also. I remember you as a nerdy, Socratic radical, and a gregarious loner. You wanted people to like you, but few did.
“Junior” Weatherly: Yeah, I remember.
saint satin stain: Who do you support this election season?
“Junior” Weatherly: I haven’t yet decided who I want for governor yet, or the other state races. I support Taze Shepard for House of Representatives from the Fifth.
saint satin stain: Why is that race important?
“Junior” Weatherly: I supported Parker GRIFT when he was Democrat, but then he switched to the party that abandoned my ideals.
saint satin stain: Why Taze Shepard? You’re not even a Democrat; you’re a Republican?
“Junior” Weatherly: No. The spurious charges, nasty epithets, and veiled, some not so veiled, racism wielded or condoned by the Republican Party during the last presidential election finally convinced me that the party left me long time ago.
I’m an independent. And it seems that I drifted left without awareness that it was happening.
saint satin stain: Taze Shepard is the grandson of Senator John Sparkman and some have accused him of Klan membership.
“Junior” Weatherly: Folk are not tainted by the acts, suspected, or rumored acts of their ancestors. Besides my father by his past support of Senator Sparkman vouches in absentia for him.
Go back and research Alabama politics, see some of the political monsters that would have replaced Senator Sparkman if he had been an open nigger lover.
saint satin stain: The N word for shock value. But Senator Sparkman was a racist, wasn’t he? He was one of the signers of the Southern Manifesto.
“Junior” Weatherly: Not sure you could call him an out and out racist; a bit concerned about retaining his House, later Senate seat, maybe, yet offset by the good legislation he championed and helped pass.
He supported most of the New Deal.
saint satin stain: It does appear that you muddy the waters a bit. You’ve always been true to your ideals.
saint satin stain: Though an idealist, you appear to excuse Senator Sparkman’s behavior.
“Junior” Weatherly: If Senator Sparkman had supported desegregation, it would have been ideal, moral, and outrageously brave. He wouldn’t have been reelected.
Senators Gore and Kefauver in Tennessee didn’t sign the Southern Manifesto, but Tennessee is different from Alabama and Mississippi. They don’t glorify the Confederacy as much, and the folk in east Tennessee didn’t like the Confederacy. Hell! They don’t like government, any guv too much.
saint satin stain: You admit that his grandfather was a racist. Doesn’t that make you a little suspicious of Sparkman’s grandson?
“Junior” Weatherly: I don’t admit dung!
“Although he consistently opposed civil rights legislation, Sparkman was viewed as a liberal during his years in the House and his first three Senate terms because of his strong support for unions, public housing, aid to education, hospital and health-care funding, increased public-works spending, higher minimum wages, veterans programs, and small businesses.
“…When Truman was nominated, angry southerners formed the “Dixiecrat” party to oppose the president, but Sparkman and Hill demonstrated their loyalty to the Democratic Party by refusing to endorse the third-party movement.
“…In 1950 they (Senators Sparkman and Hill) joined forces to help oust Dixiecrats from leadership positions in the state Democratic Party.”
Sound like racist to you?
saint satin stain: Let’s see. You actually seem to believe that Senator Sparkman is a positive for Taze Shepard.
“Junior” Weatherly: Compared to some folk’s ancestors, Senator Sparkman has some definite positives; my pa recognized these, and he supported Senator Sparkman.
“In 1952…Truman and a small group of political insiders suggested Sparkman for the vice-presidential nomination. The Democratic Convention ratified this choice, but important civil rights groups opposed the nomination, and it became controversial. During the campaign, Sparkman refused to say that he would support civil rights legislation, but in private interviews he suggested as much, telling one black editor that if were elected vice-president he would become “another Hugo Black,” a reference to the Alabama-born supreme court justice who championed civil rights.”
saint satin stain: Why should someone vote for Taze Shepard?
“Junior” Weatherly: I had my bull dung radar finely tuned when I met him. I didn’t care what he said or what we talked about those few minutes. I looked at his eyes, closely observed his body lingo, and evaluated his handshake.
Take what he says on the campaign handouts, but add to that character, sincerity, honesty, and balls!
saint satin stain: What? Balls?
“Junior” Weatherly: I am not so sure that he really wanted this hassle, but some folk can’t resist the call to service. He is brave enough to give up some of his personal to do what’s right
for country, state, district, and you.
“Prof” Weatherly, my pa, voted for Taze’s grandpa. I will vote for Senator Sparkman’s grandson.