Category Archives: KKK

The Island of Two Tales — Part Two

TWO: Twists & Gimmicks, but No Nude Beaches
Molly, Chuck & Kiki, circa 1977

When I landed on Nantucket in the fall of 1976, I had a head full of the [American] Revolution, enough cash for a cramped bedroom in an unfashionable boardinghouse, but no nanny. So my two daughters, Annika (self-nicknamed “Kiki,”) age 7 and Molly, a precocious 4, were back in San Francisco with their mother, from whom I was quietly getting divorced.

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Exclusive: A Quaker Was Noticed By the Florida Klan in 1951. It Didn’t Go Well. (But It Could Have Been Much Worse.)

Florida, 1949: Where Woke Went And Didn’t Die

By Stephen W. Angell

We don’t know the exact date, or the place, when Richard Bradshaw (“Brad”) Angell (1918-2010) had his encounter with the Klan.  All the participants are dead, and the story has been passed on orally.

But we know the time and season: 1951, likely early spring. And the place, if not the exact location: Tallahassee, in northwest Florida.  Continue reading Exclusive: A Quaker Was Noticed By the Florida Klan in 1951. It Didn’t Go Well. (But It Could Have Been Much Worse.)

Klan Rising: Are The Media (& the Law) Finally Going to Pay Attention? (And, How About Quakers?)

[NOTE: Kudos to the Post & Timothy Egan. The good news here is that when the Klan faced the Law for real, the law won. But in its bloody heyday, in the 1920s & after, it was repeatedly abetted by the connivance, corruption or cowardice of those charged with upholding it.

The bad news also includes something Egan neglects: the widespread Quaker connection. Indiana, the mass Klan’s heartland, was also the state with the most Quakers after Pennsylvania. And Indiana Quakers joined the Klan in droves (also elsewhere). The head of the hugely influential Klan Women’s unit was a prominent Quaker pastor.
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Is it “Woke” To Want to Avoid Getting Killed in War?


[NOTE: Some politicians are crusading against U. S. military programs to overcome residual racism and make space for LGBT persons in the ranks (& even a few who do drag in their out-of-uniform hours).
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Another for Dr. King: The Night March & The Killers

Selma, Alabama, February 1965

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Jimmie Lee Jackson’s bullet-scarred headstone, near Marion, Alabama.

I was arrested again on February third, marching outside the Dallas County courthouse in downtown Selma. I spent the following ten days in jail. Half that time I was back in the county jail’s dayroom, where I had been crammed in with Dr. King and 200-plus other marchers on February First. on the third floor of City Hall. The second time I was in with a dozen or so teenagers, soon augmented by more voting rights marchers. Continue reading Another for Dr. King: The Night March & The Killers