Magazine article Mother Jones

Deep South

Magazine article Mother Jones

Deep South

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Deep South

In Greensboro, Alabama, I met Mary Hodge, who showed me around-the library, the town hall, the churches. Mary was a beaming woman of about 60, well dressed in a reddish suit and white blouse, proud of her daughter's recent law degree, eager for me to understand Greensboro, but the mention of the Klan cast a shadow over our talk, as she shook her head slowly.

"They're not gone," she said in a near whisper. "Our church was burned by the Ku Klux Klan In 199b. The police said it was electrical wiring, but surely it wasn't. The fire came at two o'clock in the morning. No one was there. How could it be electrical? It came out later that the Klan were involved, but that they hired other people to do it. One of the drivers taking out the fish truck saw them getting away."

"That's terrible-it must have been so demoralizing," I said. The act seemed so fiendish only platitudes came to mind. …

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