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|Posted: Thu Aug 24th, 2006 02:39 pm||
|I offer this tidbit with no comment other than I found it interesting, especially the last paragraph. It's an editorial, written by an leading black attorney. And I LOVE the poster!
by Lloyd Williams
How many Jews died in the Holocaust? I bet you can easily answer that question without thinking. Six million. Next, ask yourself how many blacks have been lynched by the Ku Klux Klan since it came in creation in 1866? Any historian of post-Civil War America is well aware of a large gap when it comes to reliable information about this well-hidden aspect of the country’s past.
We do know that before the rise of the Klan, Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address on the battlefield in the wake of a bloody engagement which had claimed a total of over 50,000 soldiers’ lives. “Four score and seven years ago,” Lincoln began, “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” The President proceeded to designate the soil there as now “consecrated” by the bones of those who had sacrificed their lives in the effort to abolish slavery.
We are also well aware of the fact that, at its height, Klan membership numbered in the millions and that innumerable blacks perished at the hands of that racist organization’s during its 100+ year reign of terror. After all, at the time of the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks constituted a majority of the population in the Southern states (provided each ex-slave is counted as a full, rather than 3/5ths of a person). But after the Klan’s era of unchecked ethnic cleansing, blacks were reduced to a point where they represented only about 10% of the census.
I refer to this ugly chapter of America’s legacy only because the Ku Klux Klan has always vowed that The South will rise again. And now they have the unmitigated gall to be planning a rally on September 2nd right on the supposedly sacred burial grounds at Gettysburg. It is troubling and telling that the Klan has been granted a permit to march and thereby thumb its nose at the notions of freedom and equality for blacks which took root at that battlefield.
In my humble opinion, the resurging Klan is a terrorist organization which is far more of a threat to my existence than anybody over in the Middle East. Afterall, to paraphrase Muhammad Ali, “Ain’t no Arab ever called me nigger!” With the inept federal government apparently abdicating its responsibility, it is my fervent hope that all the ghetto gangstas will declare a ceasefire in terms of black-on-black crime in order to descend in droves on Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on September 2nd in order to teach the creepy Klansmen an overdue lesson in tolerance. Or else.
Lloyd Kam Williams is an attorney and a member of the bar in NJ, NY, CT, PA, MA & US Supreme Court bars.