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40 years after the Klan-Nazi massacre in Greensboro

And it's still hard to fathom:

“After the smoke cleared, it was silence,” Clapp would later tell the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which would examine what happened that day and issue a report. “There was a stillness in the air. We knew people were dead.”

Four decades later, many of the wounds from that infamous day — later designated the “Greensboro Massacre” by the North Carolina Historical Society — haven’t healed for those involved and may not in the aftermath of a tragedy that made headlines around the world. Some people continue to blame the victims. Some continue to blame the police.

I remember that day clearly. I watched it happen via news cameras that were on the scene, and it was horrific. One CWP member was chased into a corner of a building, and shot several times from about four feet away. Here's a list of those who died:

Possible Ku Klux Klan march in Durham today

What was that about Antifa being the aggressors? Right, shut the hell up:

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for a possible march by white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan marching in Durham today. “The Sheriff’s Office is thoroughly researching the potential of several groups with opposing viewpoints holding demonstrations in Durham,” Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement.

City Manager Tom Bonfield said he is unaware of any permit being obtained for a march. Mayor Bill Bell said he was heading to City Hall to get more information.

I hesitated posting this, because I don't want myself or the website to increase the possibility of a violent confrontation. But we're also not in the business of "deciding" what information is healthy for you or not, or in any other way treating our readers like impressionable children who need managing. That being said, *please* be careful, and keep your distance. Some people simply can't be reasoned with.

The lynching of Wyatt Outlaw and the "Kirk-Holden War"

147 years ago today, chaos and hatred ruled the land:

On February 26, 1870, Graham town commissioner Wyatt Outlaw, an African American, was lynched by a band of Ku Klux Klansmen.

Outlaw served in the 2nd Regiment United States Colored Cavalry during the Civil War. In 1866, he attended the second freedmen’s convention in Raleigh and soon after organized the Union League, an organization that aimed to promote loyalty to the United States after the Civil War, in Alamance County, as well as a school and church. Outlaw became the target for a Klan mob because he was an effective leader, able to work with both races.

Aside from all the other considerations and concerns surrounding this cowardly act, we need to keep this in mind when recruiting and supporting candidates for state and local office. African-Americans are still severely under-represented in these positions of authority, and changing that will take all of us. We must also never forget what can happen if we don't keep an eye on the General Assembly:

Grand Poo-Bah of Pelham Klan where he belongs, in jail

Following a stabbing incident in his home:

The victim told deputies that he was stabbed multiple times during a Klan meeting at Barker’s home in Yanceyville. Deputies executed a search warrant at the home and the two suspects were arrested.

Hagen was charged with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Barker was charged with one count of felony aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Ah, couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of fellas. Those of you who don't remember the Flintstones (or Gilbert & Sullivan) might not get the Grand Poo-Bah reference, but it really is funny. When I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, some jerkweasel approached me about the Klan, and I asked him who the Grand Poo-Bah was. He got a little huffy, and said, "You mean the Imperial Wizard." When I told him that was even funnier, he stalked off. Anyway, here he is:

NC's Klansmen trying to galvanize a race war

And once again Fayetteville neighborhoods are their prime target:

A Massey Hill resident, who asked not to be identified, said she saw a man wearing what appeared to be a white cape placing the plastic bags in the yards of Massey Hill residents during the evening. The bags contain fliers that use racial slurs alongside silhouetted caricatures of a person described to be black. The fliers encouraged people to throw the small, reddish-white rocks contained in the bags at African Americans.

Joyce said police have received multiple reports regarding the fliers in Massey Hill. Police are currently processing the plastic bags and investigating the incident. The fliers all urged residents to contact the Loyal White Knights of the KKK hotline.

I may have mentioned this before, but during my years stationed at Ft. Bragg, I was approached (more than once) by fellow soldiers who were involved in the Klan. I suppose since I was a white Southerner I was considered a good recruiting prospect. I shut them down in no uncertain terms, and the attempts stopped. But the "thread of awareness" remained in my mind, and I began to notice things that had previously gone unnoticed. I can only hope the Klan is no longer as successful in penetrating active duty military, but their continuing activity in Fayetteville leads me to believe that's a false hope.

Murdering Klansman gets parole hearing

No doubt he will have a bible in his hand when he stands before them:

The State Parole Commission is reviewing the case of a former Ku Klux Klan leader convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl with a crossbow in a racially motivated attack. Records show Hinson hit Houston in the chest with a razor-tipped arrow as she walked down a sidewalk.

Under state law, the commission reviews first-degree murder convictions every three years once a convict is eligible for parole. Of 217 cases reviewed last year, parole commissioners approved four.

He got ripped off in a drug deal, tracked the guy down but missed his first shot, then decided to kill a teenage girl because she was also black. The girl was not with the drug dealers, she just happened to walk out an apartment door at the wrong time. And then he and his racist pal got more drunk and celebrated their "brave act." Why isn't he on Death Row, you ask? Because the all-white jury couldn't agree he deserved it. I can't imagine the Parole Commission will actually release this guy, but never underestimate the impact of "I found Jesus" on the faithful.

First in extremism: NC's role in domestic terrorism

It may be a hard pill to swallow, but the truth often is:

Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

I had a very similar conversation over the weekend, in which I listed a half-dozen or so North Carolina-bred terrorists. And (of course) mental illness was mentioned more than once, which has become our default rationalization. It's not a corollary or cause & effect formula, they both exist independent of each other: We don't dedicate enough resources to treat the mentally ill, *and* we have developed a society that views (Christian) religious extremists as "very faithful" instead of dangerous. And when they cross the line, we don't blame the pastor who pushed them over the line with his teachings, we say he wasn't wired right. Unless he attacks an abortion clinic, which way too many of our citizens view as justifiable:

Must read: Saunders on Saunders

Some of our icons don't deserve adoration:

This resistance to reunification was organized by the KKK and in North Carolina led by Saunders. The KKK and the Southern resistance succeeded in defeating Reconstruction, and Saunders was one of the architects of that “victory.”

One of the reasons the UNC trustees named the building after Saunders in 1920 was his leadership in the KKK. There is no doubt about that. So it’s important to recognize the trustees of the university as well as the vast majority of lawyers and judges at that time supported the defeat of Reconstruction and the denial of rights to black citizens. These are the very individuals who should have supported “justice for all” under the United States Constitution and failed to do so.

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