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Bill Baxley shames Trump: Alabama Attorney General tells the KKK to ‘kiss my ass’

President Donald Trump’s reaction to the death of Heather Heyer, 32, was lamentable, and to his many detractors illuminating. Heather Heyer, 32, from Charlottesville, was killed as Nazis, the KKK and other white supremacists clashed with counter-protestors in the city. Heyer was allegedly mowed down by a car driven by James Alex Fields Jr, 20, who has been charged with her murder. Nineteen other people were injured, some seriously, as the vehicle ploughed into anti-fascists.

 

James Fields Junior

James Fields Junior

 

Trump blamed “many sides” for the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” in Charlottesville. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country,” said Trump. “Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

Trump did not condemn what was obviously a fascist gathering. It’s easy – and right – to bash Trump over his reluctance to call out racists. (It’s less simple to bash the liberal society which has wallowed in identity politics for so long, encouraging everyone to view life through the prism of racial and gender identity.)

Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who ran against Mr Trump for the party’s presidential nomination, winces. He reasons that Trump “missed an opportunity to be very explicit here… These groups seem to think they have a friend in Donald Trump.” He’s not wrong. David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, chimes: “We’re going to fulfil the promises of Donald Trump [to] take our country back.”

As Trump forgets to mention white supremacists at the white supremacists rally – whoops! – we hark back to one man who never forgot.

Trump’s no Bill Baxley.

On February 28 1976, Bill Baxley (born June 27, 1941), Attorney General of Alabama (1971 – 1979), replied to a letter from white supremacist Edward R. Fields – founder of the National States’ Rights Party and Grand Dragon of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

 

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In 1971 Baxley had ordered the law to look again at the bombing of 16th Street Church – on Sunday September 15 1963 at 10:22 am four African-American girls (Addie Mae Collins, 14, Carol Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14) were murdered in a racially motivated attack.

In 1968, the FBI had closed their investigation into the bombing without filing charges against any of their named suspects, Thomas Edwin Blanton, Jr., Herman Frank Cash, Robert Edward Chambliss and Bobby Frank Cherry. The files were sealed by order of J. Edgar Hoover. Baxley had been a student at the University of Alabama when he heard about the bombing in 1963, and in 1977 recollected: “I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what.”

When Baxley took office he wrote the names of those girls on a small telephone calling card. In 2014, he told NPR why:

“I want to be reminded that before my term was over, I wanted to try to solve that case and do something about the people who killed the little girls. It took us a couple of years to really get on the trail of the right people. And when we finally got on the right group – Robert Chambliss and his group. He was the ringleader. He was responsible for 30 or 40 bombings over a two or three-decade period in Birmingham. His nickname was ‘Dynamite Bob’ and he was very proud of it. So then around about ’76, it got public that we were for the first time looking at that case and making some real progress.”

That’s when Edward R. Fields put pen to paper.

“Well, I took it as a threat,” said Baxley. “He called me a traitor to my race and how dare I prosecute or investigate these white Christian patriots and blah, blah, blah, blah. And so they demanded a response. So I sat down and wrote them a response.”

 

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In 1977, Robert Chambliss was tried and convicted of the first degree murder of Carol Denise McNair. Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry were each convicted of four counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 and 2002 respectively, whereas Herman Cash, who died in 1994, was never charged with his alleged involvement in the bombing.

PS: Where were the police? An eyewitness recalls:

“There was no police presence. We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park watching… I’ve seen how the police have managed crowds here in Madison, Wisconsin — huge rallies with opposing sides. I’d like to know how the police in Virginia could be so impotent. Are they so afraid of being accused of doing something wrong that they protect themselves by doing nothing?”

Spotter: Flashbak

Posted: 14th, August 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Black man arrested for sticking pro-KKK signs at black church

balck church kkk black man posters Vincent Broughton, 44, has been arrested for allegedly posting KKK signs outside a black church in Colorado. Vincent Broughton is black.

The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK. Another reads, “Black men beware, you are the target.”

The messages were scary:

“We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just… I’m speechless,” said Pastor Roland Joyner.

Why?

Posted: 2nd, July 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment


In 1958 the Lumbee Indians introduced the KKK into the gun debate

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IN 1958, the Lumbee Indians faced down the Ku Klux Klan:

The rally was scheduled for the night of January 18, 1958, in a field near Maxton, N.C. The stated purpose of the gathering was, in the words of Catfish Cole, “to put the Indians in their place, to end race mixing.” The time and location of the rally was not kept secret, and word spread quickly among the local Lumbee population.

Reports vary about the number of people gathered on that cold night, but there were thought to have been around a hundred Klan members. They brought a large banner emblazoned with “KKK” and a portable generator, which powered a public address system and a single bare light bulb. When the meeting began, the arc of the dim light didn’t spread far enough for the Klansmen to see that they were surrounded by as many as a thousand Lumbees. Several young tribe members, some of whom were armed, closed on the Klan meeting and tried to take down the light bulb. The groups fought, and a shotgun blast shattered the light. In the sudden darkness, the Lumbees descended upon the field, yelling and firing guns into the air, scattering the overmatched Klansmen. Some left under police protection while others, including Catfish Cole, simply took to the woods.

Captured banner worn by Charlie Warriax and Simeon Oxendine, Lumbee.From Life Magazine, the captured banner worn by two Lumbee Indians, Charlie Warriax and Simeon Oxendine.News photographers already on the scene captured the celebration. Images of triumphant Lumbees holding up the abandoned KKK banner were published in newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Simeon Oxendine, a popular World War II veteran, appeared in Life Magazine, smiling and wrapped in the banner. The rout of the Klan galvanized the Lumbee community. The Ku Klux Klan was active in North Carolina into the 1960s, but they never held another public meeting in Robeson County.

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Flashback | Comment


A day in the life of the KKK – in photos

A DAY in the Life of the KKK, by Anthony S. Karen, updates our pictorial history of the KKK.

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The son of an imperial wizard of a North Carolina–based Klan realm

 

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Posted: 14th, August 2013 | In: Photojournalism, Reviews | Comments (3)


Homosexuality is skin deep

IS homosexuality a sin? If you believe it is you are thinking like the Klu Klux Klan. The Reverend Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church, Missouri, says the Klan has swapped their robes for mitres. Your sexuality might be skin deep.

The bigots hate you for what you did not choose:

Posted: 21st, October 2012 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)


KKK Sets Up Florida Ice-Cream Parlour: Flakes All Round

TO Ocala, Florida, where the KKK are flogging ice-cream in the sort of herren kinder recruitment drive Adolf Hitler overlooked. The good folks of Ice Cream Family Corner and Sandwiches will one day have an office in every town. Only is that a KKK hood?

The Ocala Star-Banner reports:

Liza Diaz, who manages the store… said an employee at the bank where she does business told her a co-worker was so frightened by the white dollop patrolling the street corner that she called her husband crying and refused to drive through the intersection.

“One (customer) told me, ‘I had to think twice before coming in here because I thought it was KKK,’ ” Diaz said.

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Posted: 27th, September 2011 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Nick Griffin On Question Time: Germans Declare War On British Fascists And BNP Jokes

bnp11NICK Griffin BNP Watch: With Her Majesty The Queen, war with Germany, former KKK leader David Duke calls Griffin a ‘liar’, mother-in-law calls him a racist and the X Factor…

NoTW: “Queen fury at BNP – Queen fury at BNP Outrage at Nick Griffin Churchill hijacking”

If “non-indigenous” Britons had to go “home”, as the BNP wants, The Queen would have to return to Germany.

THE QUEEN has declared WAR on the BNP.

It’s Germany versus the BNP. Game on! Listen out for Prince Philip turning to Liz and saying:

“If we stay here much longer we’ll turn into one-eyed bigots.”

He’s Not Just A Bigot, He’s A Silly Boy

Mirror: “GRIFFIN’S STILL A RACIST WHO LIVES IN THE DARK AGES. HE’S HARDLY DONE A DAY’S WORK IN HIS LIFE”

Bnp leader Nick Griffin has been branded a work-shy racist… by his mother-in-law. Muriel Cook, mum of Griffin’s wife Jackie, says he hardly ever worked when his children were young – and is merely hiding his vile views to win votes.

Muriel, a widow, says: “Nick is still a racist. He still holds those views – always has. He wants to see an all-white Britain, but that will never happen… he’s living in the Dark Ages.”

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Posted: 25th, October 2009 | In: Politicians | Comments (9)