Just heard about this interesting documentary the Discovery Channel did on the “New KKK” and their efforts to portray themselves as a bit more philanthropic.
Give me a break.
Check out this short excerpt from the show.
This week, a group of hockey fans in North Dakota raised eyebrows after they showed up at a game apparently dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan, according to several media reports.
The three fans, who were photographed in the stands at the state high school semi-final game between Grand Forks Red River High School and Fargo Davies on Friday, were seemingly dressed in typical Klansman regalia — white robes and pointed hats covering their bodies and faces.
What were these kids thinking? And why did no one, any adult, or fellow student for that matter, point out to them while it was happening that this was in no way cool or funny.
Read more on story here.
This is such a sad and convoluted story. But it goes to show just how deep the scars of racism can be. Another irony of this story for me is that I grew up only miles from this town where this all happened and remember well that it was a hotbed for the KKK. Oh memories.
But a battle was already underway, especially between two men: the police chief standing in the back and the white mayor sitting up front, preparing to oust him.
Both felt they were acting against racism. Both took the struggle personally. Fourteen years earlier, both had witnessed the aftermath of a hate crime that would long define their town. And both had hoped Jasper had moved beyond that awful time.
In the wee hours of June 7, 1998, three white men in a pickup traveling a road at the edge of town offered a ride to a black man headed home on foot.
Later that morning, the mangled remains of James Byrd Jr., 49, were found strewn along a 1 1/2-mile stretch of blacktop.
When Rodney Pearson, then a 32-year-old state trooper, first heard a report of body parts on Huff Creek Road, he figured somebody must have dug up a grave. Pearson recalls walking the road with Jasper County’s sheriff, following a trail of blood to a discarded tool etched with the name of a local man, Shawn Berry.
Pearson, the first black highway patrolman in Jasper, got a cold, cold feeling.
A local reporter was also on the scene that day. Mike Lout, then 42, covered the story for KJAS, the radio station he ran out of his house. He was the first to report that Byrd had been alive when he was chained to the truck and dragged, and that the killing was racially motivated.
“That set the world on fire,” Lout said.
You can read the full story here.
I had a feeling that strangely though President Obama’s election was historical and a major step forward, that it seemed to me, we were experiencing more ethnic stupidity than ever. It’s a combination of the Internet and the anonymity it affords and a backlash of sorts. But a new report in The New York Times backs the gut feeling I was having.
Fed by antagonism toward President Obama, resentment toward changing racial demographics and the economic rift between rich and poor, the number of so-called hate groups and antigovernment organizations in the nation has continued to grow, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The center, which has kept track of such groups for 30 years, recorded 1,018 hate groups operating last year.
The more we move ahead, the more we move back it seems. Here is the full article and report.