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Thomas E. Watson Quotes

There’s no shortage of hate-filled quotes from Thomas E. Watson. We’ve compiled just a few of them below. All of the quotes come from Watson’s weekly newspaper, The Jeffersonian, which he edited and published from 1907 to 1917 and his magazine, called Watson’s Magazine, which he began in 1905. Click the links below each quote to read the article from which it came. For more information on Watson’s publishing career, visit the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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Wherever the white man puts his foot HE RULES. So it ever was; so it will ever be.
- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 3, Issue 32, 6 August 1908 (Page 8)

Slavery took a lawless savage and made an intelligent, useful worker out of him. And the noblest tribute to the benevolent character of Southern slavery is, that nowhere else on earth is the negro race so well as in these United States.
–  Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 3, Issue 32, 6 August 1908 (Page 8)

He is an inferior being: is not any more our brother than the apes are, and we don’t intend that he shall ever live on a footing of equality with us. That might as well be understood. The “Fatherhood of God” does not put every created being on the same racial level.

-Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 6, Issue 28, 23 December 1909 (Page 8)

MR BRYAN IS TURNING THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY INTO THE NIGGER PARTY.

If the South votes for bryan this time, she will lose more than has been gained in all of her long struggle for white supremacy.

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 3, Issue 32, 6 August 1908 (Page 8)

There are many Pullman porters who are polite and attentive and who, while they rob you, do it in a nice, smooth, conciliatory manner. But some of these negroes get so pampered and insufferably insolent that they deserve killing.

– Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 6, Issue 8, 5 August 1909 (Page 13)

To have a Republican President who believes in the equality of blacks and whites, is bad enough, but to have a Democratic President who believes it, would be very much worse. To see Taft toadying to niggers and niggeresses, at social functions in the White House, is disgusting, but not infectious. Were Bryan made President, he would outdo Taft in the coon business, and that might breach the wall of racial division.

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 9, Issue 28, 9 May 1912 (Page 5)

If the coons come up to vote, just throw the ballots on the floor. Don’t put them in the box. Don’t pay any attention to them, at all. What can the United States courts do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Don’t you know that the President would not dare to send troops to the polls again? ALL THAT THE STATES NEED ARE GOVERNORS, ATTORNEYS-GENERAL, AND LEGISLATURES THAT ARE NOT AFRAID OF THEIR SHADOWS.

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 6, Issue 22, 11 November 1909 (Page 1)

The negroes have no right to the ballot, whatever. When the government was founded they were expressly shut out from political privileges. THE BALLOT IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT. The Amendment which gave this political privilege to the negro was not legally adopted. Besides, it was a war-penalty imposed by the Conquerors upon the vanquished. Therefore, the South can never rest easily and contentedly under this badge of humiliation.

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 4, Issue 5, 4 February 1909 (Page 9)

Georgians! Stand by your County-unit plan! Don’t let the political desperadoes, Smith and Hardwick, put the Big Cities in control over you. Don’t give the educated Negro the chance to register, and establish Negro Domination. MAINTAIN WHITE SUPREMACY! And the bedrock of White Supremacy in Georgia is The County-unit system.

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 11, Issue 33, 13 August 1914 (Page 7)

White men made our social system what it is. White men made our governmental system what it is. White men founded our educational and religious systems. And white men should maintain what their ancestors established. We don’t need any of the colored and inferior races to defend our homes and firesides, our institutions and our liberties. We don’t need the negro in the army, nor in the civil service. We don’t need the Chinaman, the Jap, or the Hindoo. The uniform, the gun, the office, the ballot belong to white men, and our future will never be safe until we exclude from military and political privileges every colored man whomsoever.

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 8, Issue 15, 13 April 1911 (Page 9)

The Ku Klux Klan did nothing more than the Home Rulers of Ireland have done: they determined that the South should not be governed by the negro, and the carpet-bagger, but by ITSELF.

-Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 12, Issue 35, 2 September 1915 (Page 1)

THE PEOPLE rose, and CARRIED OUT THE DEATH PENALTY IMPOSED BY LAW, after one of Frank’s Jew-bought lawyers had nullified the decree of all the courts. Whether “a Georgian and a coward, are one and the same thing,” that remains to be seen. When the Jews try it, they will learn just how that is. They are raising $25,000 in Chicago, and as much more in New York, to catch the Vigilantes who executed Leo Frank, irregularly, but rightly.

-Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 12, Issue 35, 2 September 1915 (Page 1)

The “factory girl,” as the rich Jews and the rich Peachtree people contemptuously call her, is turning to dust in her grave-her blood yet crying vainly to high heaven for vengeance-and the lecherous Simian who marked her for his enjoyment, pursued her like a wolf after its prey; assaulted her and choked her to death, disports himself lightly at the State Farm, in his new blue serge suit, his patent leather shoes, his insolent arrogance of successful dandyism. How much more of it can we stand? How much MORE will the rich Jews RUB IT IN ON US?

-Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 12, Issue 28, 15 July 1915 (Page 4)

There is a God’s lavish of “Georgia’s shame,” but it does not cling to the bold, true men of Cobb County who executed upon a legally tried, and thrice condemned murderer, the mandate of the Law. The Law had said, three times, “Hang Leo Frank by the neck, until he is dead:” the Vigilantes did just that, and no more.

-Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 12, Issue 34, 26 August 1915 (Page 6)

The Courts had condemned Leo Frank to death, his own lawyer had no right, as governor to immediately re-try the case on the very same evidence, and set aside the sentence, which had the sanction of the highest Court in the world. There wasn’t any “lynching:” it was the informal carrying out of the sentence of the Law. When constituted authorities, who are the agents of the People, fail or refuse to enforce the Law, and to protect life, liberty and property, the People must rise and do it, else Tyranny and Chaos will usurp the place of Law and Order.

-Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 12, Issue 41, 14 October 1915 (Page 8)

“Lynch law is a good sign: it shows that a sense of justice yet lives among the people.”

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 10, Issue 20, 15 May 1913 (Page 5)

“One of the Civil War Amendments to the Constitution frees our brother in black; and he is now very free, everywhere, and is robustly asserting his right to be more so, especially at the North where he is so universally loved and fondly coddled.

“In the South, we have to lynch him occasionally, and flog him, now and then, to keep him from blaspheming the Alminghty, by his conduct, on account of his smell and his color.”

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 14, Issue 1, 4 January 1917 (Page 4)

“Three Typical negro bucks, enjoying their Sunday in a typical, nigger buck way, soak themselves on the meanest of liquor, and at length prowl around seeking for typical nigger-buck prey, an unprotected white woman.”

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 11, Issue 7, 12 February 1914 (Page 1)

“But the Negro? Poor, inferior copyist of the master-race, he is as incapable of maintaining a civilization as he is of originating one. For himself,, he can do nothing. Civilize him in America and send him to Liberia, and what happens? He sinks, lapsing toward the barbarous state; and begins to implore the whites to come to his relief.

“Civilize him in San Domingo, and what is the result? As soon as the French go away, and the negro becomes his own boss, down he goes. The varnish of Latin culture wears off, and there’s your nigger. And such is the chaotic bestiality into which he plunges, that the whites must needs rush to the rescue… you seldom see, in one of our towns and cities, a negro buck or young woman who has no bodily defect… Lacking in the characteristics that make for civilization, the negro can not be educated into white black-men.”

- Thomas Watson

Watson’s Magazine, February 1910 (Page 108)

“All over this Union, there is creeping a fierce wave of wrath against Jew libertines, who run down Gentile girls.

“These thick-lipped rakes glut their eyes upon handsome Gentile women, on the trains, on street cars, on the streets, in hotel balconies, and in the foyers of theaters.

“It fills a decent Gentile with murderous indignation, to see a red-mouthed Jew undress a Gentile woman with his horrible eyes.”

- Thomas Watson

The Jeffersonian, Volume 12, Issue 35, 2 September 1915 (Page 7)

“No Roman Catholic who knows the law of his foreign church, and obeys it, can be a loyal American citizen; for the one master is the enemy of the other, and a Catholic cannot serve both.”

- Thomas Watson

Watson's Magazine, Volume 21 : No. 6 October 1915 (Page 340)

Take the Statue Down

We want to live in a state that does not have a statue celebrating a white supremacist in front of our capitol. The only way this statue, which has stood for over 80 years will be taken down, is if the people who represent us hear our voices.