I am not sure how to take this bumper sticker; on one hand, I know the student that drives this car. I will defend his character and his genuine sense of being a really good guy; on the other hand, I still find myself troubled by this bumper sticker. I suspect I am interpreting it in a very different way. My Advanced Placement United States history sections recently discussed the complexities of Reconstruction; as we looked at the historiography of Reconstruction, we found the Dunning School to be one of the more accurate schools of thought in its interpretation of the epoch; however, we could not rule out W.E.B Du Bois’s contention in his Black Reconstruction, as noted below.
It was this historical period that created a romanticized vision of the old South that has long captured the hearts of many southerners. Much of this started with D. W. Griffith’s movie Birth of a Nation. This film depicted the KKK riding in on their horses to save the South from Reconstruction — a period that in theory catapulted blacks towards American and human status in the South. Some historians contend that it was at this moment in which America witnessed the rise of the redeemers (KKK) — whites who would showcase their rebel flag and cross as they saved the South from Northern terrorists.
All Negroes were ignorant;
All Negroes were lazy, dishonest, and extravagant;
Negroes were responsible for bad government during Reconstruction.