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She’s just workin’ for God

August 1, 2008

Do you ever wonder how people resolve in their minds the conflict between their beliefs and their actions? I came across an article, or rather a photo essay, at the Mother Jones site last week. Powerful, nauseating, incredulous, sad, and more. It’s about a woman who sews robes for the KKK.

It’s somewhat amusing how common the belief is that the KKK started out as some kind of group who righted the wrongs in neighborhoods – you know, like the husband beating his family. But, that’s not the truth. It was begun in Pulaski, TN 1865 by six Confederate veterans as a sort of social club. Period. Leave it to the KKK to whitewash the story. They dressed in sheets and masks and pointed hats and held secret meetings. Their appearance terrified the rest of the town, many who were recently freed slaves. Post-Civil War South + freed slaves + whites fearing retribution (or whatever you want to call it). That created the ideal conditions for this group to spread like the plague.

Anyway, this essay in Mother Jones shows the reader how little things have changed. This seamstress believes that she is doing God’s work, blessing the gowns, etc. Family heritage, this KKK stuff. She uses the profit that she makes to help provide for a quadriplegic daughter. Sort of like the good outweighing the bad I suppose. But hate is very powerful. And when times are hard, prejudices rise to the surface with actions not far behind.

Finding this comes at a time when we have an African American running for President. How diametrically opposed is that image with this story? Almost 30 years ago, my parents moved from the Midwest to a small and very rural southern town. It was white. Very. One day, a black man,  driving his company vehicle stopped at a convenience store in that town. He didn’t leave alive. Murdered because he was not “their” kind. I don’t remember there being much of an outrage, but that might be a misconception on my part, after all, I didn’t live there.

What this has all brought home to me is that there are people out there that I have considered friends, but they are too quick to believe those “fear Obama” e-mails. They don’t even attempt to check them for truth before sending them on. It’s this type of fear & hate that allowed the Klan to thrive in the first place. It saddens me that people I considered friends would stoop to this level. Sheets, hoods, terrorizers.

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