North Charleston, South Carolina: “Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake””


KKK SC posterLess than a month after the massacre of nine Blacks people by a Confederacy worshiping white man in Charleston and the murder by cop of a Black automobile drive in their town, the KKK is back in this South Carolina neighborhood.

The Ku Klux Klan has been distributing fliers in order to recruit people for a neighborhood watch group in North Charleston, South Carolina. Aside from its recent notoriety, the city, which is 1/3 Black, is governed by  a mayor who brags about the use of anti labor legislation to attract the Boeing plant targeted at taking union jobs from the plant in Seattle.  Workers at the plant in North Charleston are paid less than the minimum wage now mandated in Seattle. The state legislature, supported by Boeing, is discussing taking away Workmen’s Compensation nd replacing it with a program that would be run by big corporations like Boeing.

The mayor, Joe Riley, has held the city’s top post for nearly 40 years.

Cherri Delesline, a resident of Black neighborhood in  North Charleston watched from her front yard as two pickup trucks drove down her street.  “Not to be rude or anything, but they were full of white people,” A Confederate battle flag waved in the wind as the trucks passed.  Next day she found the flyer show above beneath her windshield wiper.

“They’re targeting us right now,” she said. “What did we do to them? What did we do to them to make them come around here?” The fliers feature a hooded klansman pointing like an Uncle Sam recruitment poster. It reads, “Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the No to KKKKlan is awake”

Delesline passed out her own fliers that read “We say no to the KKK. This community stands together against racism.” Among the words is a single image — Two hands, one white and the other black, gripped in a handshake.  In the  hope of continue the dialogue, she held a meeting tonight last week at a park near her neighborhood.

how many Whites, no matter how well meaning, have the courage to use this moment to find solidarity with their African American brothers and sisters?  My brother in law, William Quick, also lives in North Charleston, and is staunch advocate of his chosen home.  He was upset when I pointed out, here on THE-Ave,US, the fact that very few white folks and no sitting official from  the state Government had the minimal courage needed to attend the final lowering of thre StarsnBars.  This event seems more relvant.  I would very much like to know from Bill or anyone else in SC whether any of the White folks down there attended or have even expressed their solidarity with Ms. Deseline. Again, Bill became irate when I asked him this question.  I suspect that these are hard times for the egos of white southerners  .. maybe they need to ask Kermit how he deals with being green? 






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