RACE GOD COUNTRY – THE KLU KLUX KLAN & ME

In 1981, a terror campaign was waged against Vietnamese fishermen in Galveston Bay. Armed Klansmen patrolled the waters off Texas. Threats were made. Crosses were burned. Boats were destroyed.

In the early 1980’s after just moving to Texas down here on Galveston Bay the Klan rose it’s ugly head along the Kemah Channel. Big shrimp boat country.

Vietnamese shrimpers moved in and worked harder for less money and the old white shrimpers were taking a hit. For months The Klan traveled up and down the channel in boats wearing full regalia with rifles.

The closest wharf bar to me, about a mile away, was an old double wide with chickens, I liked finding eggs in the ashtrays and the ambiance of the clucking and rooster hollering as background singers to Merle Haggard.  One evening I ran into some Klan boys and sat with them for awhile listening. Pretty ugly stuff.  One of them handed me his card.

KU KLUX KLAN

RACE   GOD   COUNTRY

That stuck with me. In fact I still have that card.

What is the order of concerns for decent people?

MY KIDS   ME    SPOUSE   FAMILY     FRIENDS    HOME   JOB   POLITICS   COUNTRY   GOD   

RACE doesn’t even enter into it.

So they have it completely backwards.  Which is expected from backwards people.