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The KKK Comes to Town.

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My friend from Georgia will have police-escorted KKK march past her house today. (We convinced her not to try to tangle with them; they are NOT worth the risk!)
I wanted to share her feelings about their impact on her community.

I wanted to get a letter out to you all about this stupid KKK rally.
the latest update is that it will be held in my neighboring town(2/20) from noon till 2pm (don't wanna cut into their beer time)!!
Just to tick me off a bit more....the state patrol will be meeting up with them at a town west of mine to escort them safely to the town east of me!! I live on the main street so I will have to endure their little parade through my little pissant town! When mydaughter learned of this developement she demanded that I let her go outside and show her true redneck resentment by whatever means she could conjure, whether it be signs or just giving them the finger!! She is an 8 year old that gives me hope yet terrifies me at the same time! She has the intelligence to debate all and the impulses of her mother!!

On a lighter note--there is one teacher at the high school that is giving extra credits to the teens that DO NOT go to the rally!!
I will not bore you with the entire newspaper article but I will test your patience with a few things in the local paper.
"The Klan is rallying for something this newspaper holds dear, the right to have prayer in schools."
"We applaud the Klan for it's stand on issues."

At any rate, I am to be in the middle of a circle of redneck inbreeders for the weekend!! I assume most of them will find lodging west of me since there are no lodgings east of me!!
The shamefully sad thing is.......
I worked at the convenience store here and there was one man that seen himself as our protector --since we are all women! And this man spent his nights at the store talking to us and watching the store for us when we had to take a break. I have not seen that man at the store the past few days and it disturbed me to think that something might be wrong with him--so I asked a few people if they knew why he was not around.
He is missing because of this Klan meeting!! He talked to us--respected us--looked out for us! There was no night that I was there and he was not around!! And YES he is a black man. A black man with a compulsive need to ensure the safety of anyone he comes in contact with...but he knows that this stupid a** Klan would not see him talking to white women like they are his peers lightly!!
I am disgusted and I truly miss walking in the store and seeing him standing there to talk about whatever I ranted about! He is a pain in the butt at times but he is a constant that I have become accustomed to and have learned to love. I hate that this stupid KKK rally has made my friend feel unwelcome! I hate that they have the power to disrupt a routine that I , and so many others, have let become a part of our daily lives.
I want to see him back on the "liars bench" reading his paper!

I am truly saddened when I think about the power they have to change my town! I have so many people that I have taken a liking to that I will not be able to see until this is over! I want to see this one riding up on his bike and asking for a double bag so his purchase does not fall to the ground on his way home---I want to see the woman that spends a hundred bucks a night on lottery tickets (she thinks I am beautiful)--I want to see the man who argues with me about his ID because I have checked it 20 times---I want to see the man that always gives a laugh when he tries to make me blush --- I want to see Shakeera blush when I notice her hair or roll her eyes when I ask how her prospects on colleges are moving along---I WANT MY COMMUNITY BACK!!!!
This weekend is going to pain me so much!!!! I hate it!! I hate it all!! I want my friends to just be my friends without having to think about me being white!! I don't want them to stay away from me or refuse to talk to me because skinheads might be listening!!
This should not be happening in this day and age!!
I will be damned and sent to hell wearing gasoline drawers before I let them dictate who I should and should not be friends with!!

(Your Redneck Girlfriend)

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Bia Winter is an Artist/Writer from Maine, and has been an activist and letter-writer since the 60's. In 2004 she received the Roger Baldwin Award from the Maine American Civil Liberties Union for furthering Democracy after she got a Resolution (more...)
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