Friday, January 07, 2005

The once and future Crispy Klansmen

Humm, one too many boasts gets Edgar Ray Killen the trial he has deserved for over 40 years. Question then becomes, how crispy will this man get when the flip the switch on him and perhaps one or two of his other, fellow Christians.

Slice from the NYTimes:

...The sheriff said there would be more arrests in the notorious case, which helped to cement Mississippi's image as a haven of hatred and violence in the 1960's, when black churches, homes and businesses were firebombed and civil rights volunteers were beaten by white mobs. The case was the subject of several books and was dramatized in the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."

...But the state never brought murder charges in the case, and it was not until 1999 that the state's attorney general reopened the matter, after The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., published exposés, including excerpts from a secret interview given to a state archivist by Sam Bowers, the onetime imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, America's most violent white supremacist group in the 1960's.

In the interview, Mr. Bowers, who was serving a life sentence for ordering the 1966 firebombing in Hattiesburg, Miss., that killed Vernon Dahmer, a prominent civil rights leader, said he had thwarted justice in the killings of Mr. Schwerner, Mr. Goodman and Mr. Chaney.

Mr. Bowers also said in the interview that he did not mind going to jail because a fellow Klansman had gotten away with murder.

End slice:

Perhaps my father is right when he says: "Right-wing Christians are fascists. Live and let live is not their motto, they want to tell you what to do, they want to prevail. They believe that they are correct. No action is too extreme."

No comments: