July 16, 2005

Arson, the Klan, and paranoid xenophobia = bad mix.

This is not necessary.

Rape Spurs Anti-Hispanic Backlash in Ohio (link)

It started with the spray-painted, misspelled "Rapest" on the house of a Hispanic man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old white girl. Then the house went up in flames in a suspected arson.

Confrontations, name-calling and threats against Hispanics followed. Men roamed the streets wearing pillowcases with eye holes, and Ku Klux Klansmen in hoods and robes showed up to pass out pamphlets. There were rumors of assaults and beatings.

Now this small Ohio river city's booming Hispanic population is cowed, the streets in their neighborhoods nearly deserted.

Posted by Kyer at July 16, 2005 11:32 PM | TrackBack

I agree, unnecessary.

But I'll betcha Robert Byrd has a big grin on his face.

Posted by: Eric at July 17, 2005 02:22 AM

I don't get it... I mean...Robert Byrd only joined the Klan because back then it was filled with professional men...doctors, lawyers, businessmen...and Byrd only wanted to develop contacts to further his career...it was never about lynching darkies and burning crosses. Nope. You've got the man all wrong, my friend.

Posted by: kyer at July 17, 2005 01:16 PM