The Greensboro massacre – talking bout China Grove
The Greensboro Massacre, as it became known, was the coming-out bloodbath for the white nationalist movement that is upending our politics today. When Trump and his clan say MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN and the Wall between the Trump racists and the Liberal anti racists looms ever larger, (paid for by the republican Party) having a credible opinion on America’s inherent racism depends on facts. It is a fact that a racist young man from North Carolina, born near Greensboro, traveled to South Africa and believed to his core in apartheid and white supremacy. With the skills he acquired in South Africa, he started writing cheesy novels, and became a political leader to the christian white supremacists, advocating white supremacy as a religion. His actions as leader of an ideological movement led to the events in Greensboro in 1979. America was never the same again.
5 educated, kind, committed-to-helping the poorest Americans, were gunned down in cold blood by White Christian supremacists who were found not guilty of any offense. Because the Courts deemed the word communism as grounds to ignore and remove their basic rights as American citizens. Legitimizing and normalizing a class of Klan member that would MAGA in 2016 with their dog whistle leader.
So what happened in North Carolina in 1979 and why did the court find the killers innocent?
The day the countries best known racists killed 5 people in cold blood, happened in Greensboro, North Carolina.
On Nov. 3, 1979, Klansmen and America Nazis arrived at a “Death to the Klan” protest held by anti-fascist members of the Communist Workers Party, most incolved in social programs for the upliftment of the lowest class. (One a student f divinity. Another traveling to help the poor in Zimbabwe.) Guns were drawn. When the chaos cleared, five anti-Klan demonstrators between the ages of 25 and 36 were dead and at least 10 more were injured. Police were nowhere to be seen. They were finishing their breakfast across town.
Before Greensboro, America’s most lurid white supremacists largely operated in separate, mutually distrustful spheres. Greensboro was the place where the farthest-right groups of white supremacy learned to kill together. After November 3, 1979, it was suddenly possible to imagine Confederate flags flying alongside swastikas in Charlottesville. Or a teenager like Dylann Roof hoarding Nazi drawings as well as a Klan hood in his bedroom while he plotted mass murder. Or a leader like Trump appearing with the endorsement of the Klan to inspire a new generation of White Christian supremacists.
In 1946, a list of American Nazi Party members, obtained by the U.S. Army, showed that just two percent lived in the South. Nazis were dedicated to the violent overthrow of the government, as part of their program of genocidal fascism. Through the 1950s, most neo-Confederates considered themselves patriotic Americans and had faith in the U.S. political system, even as they believed in and practiced white supremacy.But many southern traditionalists experienced the upheavals of the next two decades as a series of betrayals. By the mid-1970s, federal courts had embraced civil rights, and civic and business leaders were dismantling legal segregation. Manufacturing, textile and tobacco jobs were vanishing. Politicians on the cosmopolitan left and corporate right were abandoning blue-collar voters. Vietnam veterans were coming home unappreciated and embittered. In addition, the FBI, after years of pursuing black nationalists, began infiltrating and undermining local Ku Klux Klans through a program, largely forgotten today, called COINTELPRO-White Hate. (Link to FBI FOI act release of this White hate movement.) Although only a small fraction of angry southerners turned to terror groups the Klan’s membership grew in the ’70s, and so did its public support.
Gallup reported in 1979 that 11 percent of white Americans viewed the KKK favorably, up from just six percent in 1965. And with that rebound came something more: Those who were susceptible to recruitment were far more likely than their parents or grandparents to see the U.S. government itself as an alien force bent on destroying the white way of life
The story of the Greensboro Massacre really begins with an episode that occurred in the summer of 1979, in a tiny, working-class city 60 miles to the southwest, called China Grove.
Klan leaders in North Carolina had spent the first half of the year stepping up their recruitment efforts by appealing to the heritage of white supremacy. The Federated Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, for example, staged a historical exhibit at the Forsyth County Library—and in an early sign of what was to come, a group of Nazis showed up to ogle the white supremacist items on view, surprising the media. American Nazis were expanding their public presence. Some younger Christian Whites began trading armbands for sport coats and toning down their rhetoric in media appearances in order to seem more palatable.
Other Nazi leaders, like William Pierce, head of the white separatist National Alliance, started looking to expand membership hoping to turn pliable, uneducated far-right fanatics from mob vigilantes to controlled insurrectionists. In 1978, Pierce published The Turner Diaries, a futurist fantasy-cum-blueprint for all-out race war.
In Pierce’s novel oppressed whites join forces to create an underground organization that bombs New York and murders thousands of black and Jewish people, among many other horrific acts; the book’s protagonist ultimately flies a nuclear warhead into the Pentagon. The Turner Diaries was a huge hit with the far right, and has influenced a wide spectrum of racists.