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Way to Rain on Our Parade, Morons

The Klan comes to Albion:


The Chain O’ Lakes Festival is generally seen as one of the biggest “fun” weeks in Albion, but someone took the opportunity this year to spread a message of hatred.
Klu Klux Klan flyers were found on cars all over the downtown area Friday and Saturday. The flyers, which featured an American flag and the perhaps ironic motto “These colors will never bleed”, were placed on cars parked along streets, in private lots behind buildings, and on the Noble County owned lot beside the Public Defender’s Office.
No one reported seeing the flyers being distributed, and Albion police who checked the area didn’t find anyone carrying the paperwork around. Several complaints were made to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, but it’s uncertain if anything illegal was done beyond trespassing onto the private parking areas. Whether the KKK took advantage of the large gathering to avoid discovery, or to get their message to more people, or both, isn’t known.
At least one local resident took it upon himself to walk around the area, snatching the flyers off parked cars. Rumor has it they make good kindling.
The flyer contained a request for donations, and also an offer to provide the Klan’s newsletter for a $16 annual subscription. Otherwise, it was mostly a diatribe against homosexuality and illegal immigration.
No episodes of Klan related confrontations were reported during the Festival. Also on Saturday, Klan members and the National Socialist Movement held a gathering at the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the bloodiest single day of Civil War combat. It’s assumed that the irony of demonstrating on a monument to the fight for freedom was lost on the demonstrators.

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adriana_is
Jun. 12th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Ignorant wankers. I'm sorry that they dampened the spirits of the Festival with their hate messages and that people had to be subjected to that. It's amazing how they skulked about without anyone seeing them distribute their "literature". Reminds me of rodents.

:((
ozma914
Jun. 12th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
I prerfer "cockroaches" -- let's not be unfair to the rodents
They didn't really dampen many spirits -- mostly the flyers were ignored. In fact, a lot of people didn't even find out about them, since some citizens took it upon themselves to remove the flyers before they were noticed. They'll know when my article comes out Wednesday, of course.

What makes these people dangerous is not only that they're ignorant and bigoted, but that they passed through town without anyone being able to tell them from a normal festival-goer. People like that are more than willing to brand everyone they see as inferior (as with yellow stars and serial numbered tattoos), but the freedom loving people they hate won't do the same with them. That's what makes us better.
cordelianne
Jun. 12th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
That totally sucks. *shudders about the KKK* It's nice to hear about the person removing the flyers.

It’s assumed that the irony of demonstrating on a monument to the fight for freedom was lost on the demonstrators.
hee! Yes, I suspect that irony is not something that people who believe in that sort of thing understand.
ozma914
Jun. 12th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
No, they wouldn't understand irony, or anything else that's in any way subtle. Hatred is pretty much the only thing they understand. And, in the end, education is probably the only thing that holds any hope of preventing another generation of them.
keith5by5
Jun. 12th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
Creepy
We're sort of having the same problem with a group called the BNP in Britain, but when you've got a government as grossy incompetant and anti-British as ours, it's sort of understandable. With America, a country as nationally proud as you can get, I don't see the breeding ground, not anymore.
ozma914
Jun. 12th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
If you're different, it must be your fault
We're nationally proud -- sometimes too proud -- but we're also very fierce in defending our personal liberties. That means that we don't interfere with little minded people who decide their job loss, or illness, or minor traffic violation, is all because this or that group is out to get them. Pretty soon they find more little-minded people who want to blame their problems on somebody else, and you've got a group.

So the breeding ground doesn't come from above, usually -- it comes from below, from single people who get a bad break and have to take it out on someone. My ex-wife's husband is one of those conspiracy theorists who thinks the government is out to take control of every aspect of every person in the world, which is silly because they can't even keep track of what they already have. He's just trying to find someone to blame for events that are often controlled by the whims of economics, the foibles of human nature, or just plain chance.

In many ways America's still the strongest country in the world, but that's actually served to weaken us -- we expect everything to go our way, and when it doesn't we throw a fit. Or, in the case of the Klan, a cross burning.
keith5by5
Jun. 12th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Re: If you're different, it must be your fault
Ours is caused by political incompetance and corruption:-

1. Nine Afghan hijackers given leave to stay in Britain.
2. A policewoman shot by an illegal recently released from prison but not sent home because his own country was deemed too dangerous. I bet you can't guess where he fled to?
3. over 1,000 prisoners and illegals released from prison rather than sent home.
4, Islamic fundamentalists allowed to say what they want without fear of arrest.
5. George Galloway.
6. Soverign powers given to the EU.
7. Our taxes given to the EU to support east europe powers. We're the third biggest contributors (and biggest per rota), but get one of the lowest amounts back.

Hell, if I was fit, i'd have left this shithole a decade ago. Great people, great history, cowardly and corrupt government.
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: If you're different, it must be your fault
Wow ... even in America we'd think twice about letting terrorists out of prison to just walk around on the streets ... that's what Guantanamo Bay is supposed to be for!

It seems the biggest problem in both your country and mine is that too many people still haven't figured out that we're at war.
curiouswombat
Jun. 12th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
What a shame that there are biggots in every society - it seems to be a response to seeing that others have more than you do - you either settle for what you've got, work hard to get more, or blame someone else. But usually not the people you envy - somehow it is often the fault of someone who has less than you do - I guess they're easier to kick. And there is the feeling that if you had their 'less' added to your 'not enough' you'd have plenty! It's an odd way to look at life!

And you're right - the only reason that society doesn't treat them like they treat others is because, contrary to their opiniion, most of us are better people than them.

Well done you guys who took the poisonous rubbish away to save people reading it..
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons it's become fashionable to blame others for what you don't have is because nobody wants to work to get more. Instant gratification leads to having little later in life, which leads to attempts at more instant gratification, which always comes at the expense of someone else. Heaven forbid that we blame ourselves for our problems ...
francis_eugene
Jun. 12th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with you (and the other commentators) about the KKK and other such groups, and their message. Abhorrent, disgusting, small-minded, ignorant, lazy, irresponsible, etc. etc.

However, I have to admit I'm ambivalent about the people who took it upon themselves to remove the flyers.

They're deciding what messages I should not see. And, well, it seems to me their actions are virtually a form of censorship. If the KKK violated civil codes and ordinances, and the authorities removed the flyers, that's one thing. For a private individual who doesn't happen to like a particular message, that's a whole other thing; they're really no better than the people who distributed the flyers.

Just calling it the way I see it.

ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
flying off
I would have to disagree that they're NO better than those who distributed the flyers; however, you make a very good point, and I confess to being ambivalent about the idea myself.

I've often wished I had the power to just snap my fingers and make those people go away, or at least shut up. But, in line with what you were saying, that would make me no better than Nazi's locking minorities away in concentration camps, or Klansmen hanging "uppity negroes". What would be next? Snapping my fingers to get rid of everyone who doesn't use their turn signal? Okay, bad example, since they actually *are* doing something illegal.

But the flyers, other than being placed on private property in some instances, didn't really break any laws. There were no threats on them whatsoever, other than the implied threat that always comes with knowledge of the Klan's history. It would be no different than me distributing flyers to protest the idiocy of the Indiana State Legislature, something I've threatened to do several times.

Even those of us who don't agree with you have to respect your opinion -- which proves your point. A freedom loving society must give a certain amount of freedom to anyone who doesn't prove himself too violent to be given that freedom.
synaptikchaos
Jun. 12th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
I wonder if that's tax deductible.

Didn't the klan come around some years ago and the county rented them that building way out in the middle of nowhere, where nobody was? I remember one of my high school teachers saying something about that.
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
tax deductible
Well, my Eagles Club dues aren't tax deductible, so I sure hope the Klan newsletter isn't!

I don't recall hearing that story, but it's possible. Certainly the Klan had rallys in Noble County many decades ago, when they were a strong political force in Indiana. One of my coworkers' father was in the Klan, and said they held cross burnings along Bixler Lake in Kendallville.

There have been noises once or twice about them holding a modern rally in Noble County, specifically at the courthouse, but it's never happened yet. I'd be of mixed feelings: Some officials have had success in setting up events elsewhere, draining away all the protestors that the KKK counts on to generate publicity. I, on the other hand, like the idea of seeing them surrounded by a huge, rotten vegetable throwing crowd, drowning out their sound system. I guess I'm just an instigator.
synaptikchaos
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: tax deductible
yes, it's a rock and a hard place. to squash them you'd have to squash every dissenting opinion, even the good ones. :\
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
and I hate squash
That's right -- and I've been the dissenting opinion, more than once!
cbtreks
Jun. 12th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Irish is originally from Georgia. He said the Klan down there was often not even smart enough to make sure the people they were inviting to join them were the sort they'd want - or the sort who'd want them. They tried to get Irish's dad to join without even realizing he was Irish Catholic. He wanted nothing to do with them. (True, the legal name is no longer the same as the original family name, but still - Irish's granddad spoke Gaelic at home and Irish went to Catholic school till he was 12. You'd think they'd figure things out!)
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Klan -- smart -- not an overly common combination. Smart people tend to educate themselves out of groups like that.

I'm just picturing the moment they found out he was an Irish Catholic. "Oh ... um ... never mind."
sockmonkeyhere
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
That reminds me of the time that the Klan tried to gain a foothold in Tyler, Texas, several years ago. They got wind of the fact that the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was holding a regional conference in Tyler, and decided that that date -- purely coincidentally, of course *eyeroll* -- would be the perfect time to hold a Klan recruitment rally on the town square of Tyler.

Their ol' rally fell completely flat, because everyone in town, including all the civic, business, and religious leaders, went to the NAACP conference to show their support for the NAACP and their opposition to the Klan's ideology. The few folks who went to the Klan rally did so out of morbid curiosity rather than support, and after the Klan's speeches were mostly drowned out by the news heliocopter hovering overhead, the Klansmen gave up and went back to wherever they'd come from. *grin*
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Good job, Tyler!

I'm not a huge fan of the NAACP, which has gone so far over that it's become oddly racist in its own way -- I'm more of a colorblind fan -- but if I had to make a choice between the two there'd be no choice to make. The NAACP was formed for a good reason, and did good -- "good" is not a word that can ever be associated with the KKK. Besides, whenever I wear white I get food stains on it. Which brings me back to the idea of throwing rotten tomatoes ...
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