Just a footnote to this story: At the time I lived in Alpharetta, Georgia, which is ten or fifteen miles south of Gainesville. At the time most people in Georgia were horrified and embarrassed by this absurd demonstration by KKK members and supporters. It was a very rare event at that time. But, the good part of it, was that my two daughters who were in high school at the time, went up to Gainesville the following week to participate in a counter "unity" demonstration. It was their first social activism and was empowering for them. So... some good came from it.
After looking at the photo again, I wonder what the trooper is thinking. Obviously the child was too young to have a serious idea of what this was all about and sees no reason to restrain its curiosity. On the other hand, the trooper knows all too well what it all means and his actions are restrained by the responsibilities of his job - but his thoughts aren't restrained. I wonder what they were.
That photo makes me sad because it reminds me of how some people think. What's also sad is the "powers that be" have managed to convince the majority that every white person who loves the South and owns a gun is a KKK member/supporter.
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