Let me tell you a story about hate in America:
A quarter of a century ago, (Yep, I’m THAT OLD) when I was in college, I was detained by police for protesting and interrupting the “Old South” parade by the Kappa Alpha order.
Now this fraternity said they were simply celebrating their Southern heritage. They claimed they had no racial animosity.
Years later, I would find out that this fraternity’s rituals and traditions were the BASIS for the Ku Klux Klan
Today marks the birthday of Emmett Till, who was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955 when he was 14 years old.
One of the most racist pastimes in history is that Mississippians like to shoot at the Emmett Till memorial signs. It constantly has to be replaced
This isn’t disrespectful, it is evil.
And if you don’t think it’s relevant to now, here is a list of notable members of Kappa Alpha Order:
Bill Lee, Gov of Tenn.
Henry McMaster, Gov of SC
5 Congressmen (Roy Blount, Robert Aderholt, Steve Womack Richard Hudson, Joe Kennedy III)
This fraternity has chapters on more than 100 college campuses. Clearly this is an organization with ties to terror and hate.
Why shouldn’t every politician, businessman and public official connected to this group be asked to disavow them?
And if you think what people do in college doesn’t fuel hate and racism later in life, think about this:
Two weeks ago, the State of Tenneseee signed a proclamation designating July 13 as “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.”
Forrest was a KKK leader and a Confederate General
The man who signed that proclamation was Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
25 yeas before my friends and I stopped that parade on College St. at my Alma Mater, Auburn University, Bill Lee was marching in the Old South Parade as a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Auburn University.
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