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   "Dear Grand Dragon of the KKK: My response to your letter of February is - kiss my ass. Sincerely, Bill Baxley, Attorney General"

27 Nov 2012 05:44 PM   |   22737 clicks   |   Boing Boing
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Sleeping Monkey     
The quotes around "Dr." is a nice touch.

27 Nov 2012 01:56 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  
Boing Boing blocked. Could a kind soul please offer a starving lad some copypasta?

27 Nov 2012 01:59 PM
Pud    [TotalFark]  
FTA - act of terrorism that resulted in the deaths of four African-American girls in 1963.

Forgive me if I'm skeptical about that letter. I was around in the1970s and never once heard the term African-American. In fact when I did start to hear the term it was in the mid to late 1980s and my black friends just thought it was pretty condescending.

/One of them stared using Caucasus-Americans when describing white folk, and it seemed to catch on with several of my friends and coworkers

27 Nov 2012 02:03 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat    [TotalFark]  

BKITU: Boing Boing blocked. Could a kind soul please offer a starving lad some copypasta?


The entire letter is pretty much the headline.

27 Nov 2012 02:06 PM
Earpj    [TotalFark]  

Pud: FTA - act of terrorism that resulted in the deaths of four African-American girls in 1963.

Forgive me if I'm skeptical about that letter. I was around in the1970s and never once heard the term African-American. In fact when I did start to hear the term it was in the mid to late 1980s and my black friends just thought it was pretty condescending.

/One of them stared using Caucasus-Americans when describing white folk, and it seemed to catch on with several of my friends and coworkers


I don't believe the term "African-American" was in the actual letter. Just used here as the appropriate term of our times.

/Unless that's not what you meant.

27 Nov 2012 02:08 PM
dahmers love zombie    [TotalFark]  
That Bill Baxley was quite a magician with his pen. His kid Eddie was nice, too.

/what?

27 Nov 2012 02:11 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BKITU: Boing Boing blocked. Could a kind soul please offer a starving lad some copypasta?

The entire letter is pretty much the headline.


Ah.

Well, what was the letter to which he was responding? Right now it's reading like the wrong end of a Bob Newhart routine.

27 Nov 2012 02:13 PM
Ennuipoet    [TotalFark]  

Earpj: I don't believe the term "African-American" was in the actual letter. Just used here as the appropriate term of our times.


Correct, the text below the actual letter is closer to contemporary.

27 Nov 2012 02:13 PM
Ennuipoet    [TotalFark]  

BKITU: Boing Boing blocked. Could a kind soul please offer a starving lad some copypasta?


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27 Nov 2012 02:13 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat    [TotalFark]  

BKITU: Well, what was the letter to which he was responding?


Sorry. Boing Boing doesn't provide that level of journalistic investigation.

27 Nov 2012 02:15 PM
GAT_00     

BKITU: Boing Boing blocked. Could a kind soul please offer a starving lad some copypasta?


Hopefully you can view Photobucket

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In 1970, shortly after being elected Attorney General of Alabama, 29-year-old Bill Baxley reopened the 16th Street Church bombing case - a racially motivated act of terrorism that resulted in the deaths of four African-American girls in 1963 and a fruitless investigation, and which marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Baxley's unwavering commitment to the case attracted much hostility, particularly from local Klansmen, and in 1976 he received a threatening letter of protest from white supremacist Edward R. Fields - founder of the "National States' Rights Party" and "Grand Dragon" of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan - in which he was accused of reopening the case for tactical reasons.

27 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
Pud    [TotalFark]  

Earpj: Pud: FTA - act of terrorism that resulted in the deaths of four African-American girls in 1963.

Forgive me if I'm skeptical about that letter. I was around in the1970s and never once heard the term African-American. In fact when I did start to hear the term it was in the mid to late 1980s and my black friends just thought it was pretty condescending.

/One of them stared using Caucasus-Americans when describing white folk, and it seemed to catch on with several of my friends and coworkers

I don't believe the term "African-American" was in the actual letter. Just used here as the appropriate term of our times.

/Unless that's not what you meant.


Good point. The term the grand master of the kkk would have used would never have made it to the public site.

27 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  

GAT_00: Hopefully you can view Photobucket


I can, and thanks for the help.

27 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
Earpj    [TotalFark]  

Pud:
Good point. The term the grand master of the kkk would have used would never have made it to the public site.


Indeed.

27 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
Lionel Mandrake    [TotalFark]  
Meh...seen it.

But, I get a kick out of it every time.

Thanks, subby

27 Nov 2012 03:19 PM
Krymson Tyde     
I would like to take this rare opportunity to point out that not all Alabamians are bigoted assholes. They do, no doubt, have control of the state now. Hopefully more sane citizens will eventually gain control.

27 Nov 2012 03:48 PM
Coco LaFemme     
Mr. Baxley responded correctly. The appropriate response to anything the KKK might say to you is and always will be, "kiss my ass."

27 Nov 2012 04:02 PM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

Coco LaFemme: Mr. Baxley responded correctly. The appropriate response to anything the KKK might say to you is and always will be, "kiss my ass."


Ewww. Not in my opinion. Have you ever seen the lips on those people? So thin and gross.

27 Nov 2012 04:40 PM
martid4    [TotalFark]  
Is it Grand Dragon, Grand Wizard or Grand Master? I'm so farking confused.

/KKK - kool kolored kids

27 Nov 2012 05:47 PM
Clemkadidlefark     
Beautiful

27 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
AspectRatio     

BKITU: Boing Boing blocked.


And nothing of value was lost.

27 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
buckler    [TotalFark]  
I'm with the farker above; I'd like to see the letter that sparked this response.

27 Nov 2012 05:50 PM
crabsno termites     

Krymson Tyde: I would like to take this rare opportunity to point out that not all Alabamians are bigoted assholes. They do, no doubt, have control of the state now. Hopefully more sane citizens will eventually gain control.


This lived there in the mid to late 70's and knew many who were not.

/two of them were white.

27 Nov 2012 05:53 PM
Snowflake Tubbybottom     
Good on him for controlling his anger. You don't want to see him angry.

27 Nov 2012 05:53 PM
cynicalbastard     
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Von Berlichingen approves.

27 Nov 2012 05:57 PM
MFAWG     

martid4: Is it Grand Dragon, Grand Wizard or Grand Master? I'm so farking confused.

/KKK - kool kolored kids


Actually, any or all depending on the a actual organization being addressed.

27 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
LeroyBourne     

Diogenes: Coco LaFemme: Mr. Baxley responded correctly. The appropriate response to anything the KKK might say to you is and always will be, "kiss my ass."

Ewww. Not in my opinion. Have you ever seen the lips on those people? So thin and gross.


Like Donald Trump thin, gross and most likely cold. No thank you.

27 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
martid4    [TotalFark]  

MFAWG: martid4: Is it Grand Dragon, Grand Wizard or Grand Master? I'm so farking confused.

/KKK - kool kolored kids

Actually, any or all depending on the a actual organization being addressed.


Wow, you mean like different chapters?

27 Nov 2012 06:05 PM
DayeOfJustice     
No picture of Whitney Houston? Fark man, you useta b so kewl.

27 Nov 2012 06:13 PM
iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  

martid4: MFAWG: martid4: Is it Grand Dragon, Grand Wizard or Grand Master? I'm so farking confused.

/KKK - kool kolored kids

Actually, any or all depending on the a actual organization being addressed.

Wow, you mean like different chapters?


The KKK isn't a unified organization. Many Rico cases in the 80's and 90's saw to that. Each "chapter" is its own orginazation; with its own command structure and goals.

/ History channel did a 2 or 3 hour documentary on the KKK in the early 2000's that explains it better.

27 Nov 2012 06:13 PM
Sweaty Dynamite     
Oh yeah, we are about to have the big 50th anniversary of the Boom-Boom Church.

27 Nov 2012 06:15 PM
Butthurted     

cynicalbastard: Von Berlichingen


WOW...nice obscure,yet educational, reference of the day. Well Played, Sir

27 Nov 2012 06:24 PM
LoneWolf343     
I knew of this letter back when History Channel was doing actual history.

27 Nov 2012 06:24 PM
kona     
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27 Nov 2012 06:24 PM
buckler    [TotalFark]  

LoneWolf343: I knew of this letter back when History Channel was doing actual history.


Are you sure that wasn't the "Nuts!" letter?

27 Nov 2012 06:39 PM
KeelingLovesCornholes     
You don't know how many times I've wanted to send that exact message.

27 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
ladyfortuna     

Diogenes: Coco LaFemme: Mr. Baxley responded correctly. The appropriate response to anything the KKK might say to you is and always will be, "kiss my ass."

Ewww. Not in my opinion. Have you ever seen the lips on those people? So thin and gross.


Not to mention, they have no chins:

i391.photobucket.comView Full Size

27 Nov 2012 06:51 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  

LoneWolf343: I knew of this letter back when History Channel was doing actual history.

The Men Who Built America

was pretty good. Lots of playing up stuff for drama, but it's a nice spotlight on the Robber Baron era. It's a good balance of "these men were incredibly forward-looking and laid the foundation for the entire 20th century" and "they were some ruthless and evil motherfarkers."

/Henry Frick especially on the evil side. Holy shiatballs.

27 Nov 2012 06:55 PM
billy_chuck     

27 Nov 2012 07:22 PM
Lord Zardoz     
Reminds me of the Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).

http://www.nasw.org/users/nbauman/ark ell.htm

END COMMUNICATION

27 Nov 2012 07:29 PM
olddinosaur     
Hmm, let's see:

1. No signature;

2. No date;

3. Width of the message does not correspond to standard paper;

4. Allegedly written in 1974, but did not surface until 38 years later.

Looks well short of genuine to me.

27 Nov 2012 07:31 PM
mongbiohazard     

cynicalbastard: [upload.wikimedia.org image 480x599]

Von Berlichingen approves.



Holy crap, that guy seems like all sorts of interesting. Though it looks like people make a big deal of his prosthetic arm.... But unless he built that thing himself credit for that should be going to the blacksmith who built it for him.

27 Nov 2012 07:36 PM
mbillips     
Right up there with

To the German Commander:

Nuts!

The American Commander.

27 Nov 2012 07:42 PM
jshine     
Nixon's resignation letter:

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27 Nov 2012 07:49 PM
ciberido     

Coco LaFemme: Mr. Baxley responded correctly. The appropriate response to anything the KKK might say to you is and always will be, "kiss my ass."


What do you get if you multiply six by nine? 

/The KKK LOOKS like cavemen....

27 Nov 2012 07:50 PM
YodaBlues     

ladyfortuna: Diogenes: Coco LaFemme: Mr. Baxley responded correctly. The appropriate response to anything the KKK might say to you is and always will be, "kiss my ass."

Ewww. Not in my opinion. Have you ever seen the lips on those people? So thin and gross.

Not to mention, they have no chins:

[i391.photobucket.com image 644x323]


Thanks for reminding me, about time I re-read Preacher.

27 Nov 2012 07:57 PM
grimlock1972     
Gen. McAuliffe approves.

/also says "Nuts"

/obscure?

27 Nov 2012 07:58 PM
meatsack_01     
/yawn

27 Nov 2012 08:03 PM
trivial use of my dark powers     

dahmers love zombie: That Bill Baxley was quite a magician with his pen. His kid Eddie was nice, too.

/what?


Just don't make him angry.

27 Nov 2012 08:18 PM
trivial use of my dark powers     
Sigh. Too slow.

27 Nov 2012 08:19 PM
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