Convoluted, typical Southern denial going on in Greensboro
Gary over at Facing South points out the bigoted wingnuttery of Greensboro’s City Council, which deep-sixed support for the work of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The body was created to look into the 1979 fatal shootings of five anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstrators by neo-Nazis and Klansman. This event occurred in broad daylight with video rolling. The class and racial divisions that are responisble for the shootings highlighted still exist, along with the typical Southern to hope that if you don’t talk about race, the problem will go away. As Gary points out, the mayor isn’t helping the situation when he saies something like this. (Greensboro News & Record):
Mayor Keith Holliday said that the shootings should not be forgotten and could be the focus of further study but that the investigation could create more divisions than it would mend. He said that he believes the shootings had little to do with race, but that the process might make it look as if they did.
The council voted 6-3 in favor of a resolution opposing the project, with the three black member supporting the commission’s work. Nope, there’s no problem there. Move along…
WRAL-TV video on the massacre is here.