Waxing Nostalgic – “I want to interview your nigger son that beat up the White boy…”





A Docudharma Exclusive — The Sixties were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change — front-page fashions, unique musical styles, a call for sexual freedom and gay rights, a controversial and devisive war, a strong anti-war movement, civil rights confrontations….

Hold on a minute! Did I say the Sixties?

Well… they’re back!

October 1, 2007 — JENA, LA. — Things went from bad to worse for the Blacks of Jena and especially for the Jena 6 the day following the rally where more than 20,000 Blacks converged on the little town in LaSalle Parish, La.

Friday, just one day after the rally, Tina Jones, mother of Bryant Purvis, began receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be from the KKK and other hate groups.

“This is Michael Burks. I’m with the American National Socialist Workers Party,” said one caller, bold enough to leave his name. “I want to interview your nigger son that beat up the White boy with a gang, just like a coward. So you can call me at 502-474-5373. White Power.”

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways,
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.








You know what bugged me the most about the Iraq War?

History repeating itself — without a single deviation in the details. The outcome was already pre-destined — a bunch of dead soldier-kids, their wasted lives memorialized in a 5×7 photo sitting on their parent’s television set.

We had already been there.
We had already done that.
Hell, we invented the fucking tee-shirt as an art form.

Why is America recycling the worst decades of its history. And why now?

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it,
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’,
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’,
I saw a white ladder all covered with water,
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

The American National Socialist Party was founded in 1958 by U.S. Navy Commander George Lincoln Rockwell, who died on the heels of the civil rights movement in 1967, leaving a legacy of hatred and ignorance behind. The party was initially known as the American Nazi Party, but the name was changed in 1967. The party became virtually non-existent soon after his death, but resurged in 1990s. The party’s worldview is predicated on White supremacy and the fear that the White race will someday be eradicated.

Michael Burks is the Midwest Regional Leader and heads a branch in Louisville, Kentucky with five branches beneath him, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The organization also has leaders in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Montana and Utah.

Attempts to call Burk back were not successful. However, another caller actually left his correct number. The caller admitted calling and repeated his desire to see Bryant Purvis one of the Jena 6. Tina Jones, Purvis’ mother, gave all of the caller’s names and numbers to State Troopers who had been called the day before, but did not show up.

Additionally, an Anglo man wandered into Caseptla Bailey’s home asking for Robert Bailey. When Ms. Bailey asked what he wanted with her son, he said he heard he could buy some crack from him. He was promptly escorted out by a male guest present at the time.

According to CNN, the sheriff stated they had no intentions of increasing security for the families of the Jena 6 who became the subject of a White Supremacist website. However, later, District Attorney Reed Walters, along with Sheriff Carl Smith issued a statement condemning the violent threats and warning, “Such vile and cowardly acts will not be tolerated in Jena or LaSalle Parish.

The editor and commander of this well-known White Supremacist website has threatened to have the boys of Jena 6 murdered if attempts to have charges lessened against them are successful.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’,
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’,
Heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’,
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’,
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Names, numbers and addresses for the boys were listed on the [Supremist] website, which has since been temporarily dismantled. However, addresses were posted to at least two other websites the same day. Overthrow.com and a private forum, Vanguard News Network, listed the phone numbers and addresses of each of the members of all but one of the Jena 6. The so-called “leader” was unable to locate information for the juvenile involved in the case, however, he wrote he was, “working on it.”

A member of the forum, whose user name is Ron Doggett, stated ANSWP Commander was, “the only White leader in this cause who has done anything for bringing at least some pressure from our side on the Jena 6 who attempted to murder a White student.”

“Tell me about it,” the ANSWP Commander responded. “I am astonished there is no White counter-action being organized in Jena. I wish we had an organizer somewhere around there … We’re working on an action from a distance, but I wish something was set up on the ground.”

Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony,
I met a white man who walked a black dog,
I met a young woman whose body was burning,
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow,
I met one man who was wounded in love,
I met another man who was wounded with hatred,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Members of the forum congratulated ANSWP Commander, calling him “Bill.” William A. “Bill” White, who is located in Roanoke, Va., was listed as the previously mentioned Web site’s editor and commander of the ANSWP.

“Thank you,” he responded, adding, “It is my sincere, personal belief that if the justice system fails-which it has not done yet-but if the justice system fails and these niggers are acquitted, that they should be drug out of their homes, hung in the town square and set on fire “until the black smoke from their black skin blackens the sky.

“This is why there have been lynchings in America’s past, and why there may be again.”

Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’,
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’,
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (along with law enforcement personnel in Louisiana) is investigating. The Feds commented…

“Since these investigations are ongoing, we cannot comment any further.”



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    • Pluto on September 30, 2007 at 11:14 pm
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    If you can stomach it.

  1. According to CNN, the sheriff stated they had no intentions of increasing security for the families

    according to this site, the new black panther party is organizing protection and accepting volunteers. 

     

    • Temmoku on October 1, 2007 at 12:08 am

    I thought the ANSWP was gone—-long gone!  And the John Birchers, are they still out there???  What a travesty!…And I have a “friend” who emails me that the Nazis are commies because they are Socialists….

    I hope the Jena 6 have people looking out them.

    What a shock….the “good old days” are back!
    Everything old is new again.

    • Valtin on October 1, 2007 at 1:00 am

    I have not written/blogged too much on race in America, because if people think me a Cassandra now, my feelings about the racism of this society run deep and angry.

    The KKK and Nazis are resurgent in Bush’s America, and they are in part due to the failure of either the GOP (for sure) and the Democrats (a surprise to some, but not me) do address the race issue in America, such as race profiling by the cops, the racism of the drug war that imprisons untold thousands and destroys families and whole communities (not the drugs, which can be bad enough, but the imprisonment and reduction to less than full citizen status of significant portions of whole generations of black men), the economic and educational inequality, the segregation, etc.

    It is not surprising that the fascists in sheets are emboldened, as it is only last June that the Supreme Court all but dismantled the Brown decision, in ending the segregation plans of two school districts in Kentucky and Washington.

    Thanks Democrats for not stopping Alito and Roberts. And so are limp Democratic policies and Congressional acrobatics transmitted to those who would hang nooses in Southern schoolyards, and to a nation drowning in the filth of the racist floods unleashed by Hurricane Bush, and Tropical Storms Pelosi and Reid.

  2. the chide that stiffs all lips…

    And the times they are like a bad trip.

    Great diary, Pluto.  Coming from a stonemason this better grab you… you rock.

  3. “You know what bugged me the most about the Iraq War?
    History repeating itself — without a single deviation in the details.”

    Stalin.  Hitler.  The playbook repeats itself, the Patriot Act is but a rehash of laws from those times.

    We get lost in bad psychadelics if seduced into a race paradigm.  The Jena Six story is the kind of tool Karl Rove would use – superficial politics divide and conquer every time.  We are so much more diverse than that, but those who believe “the enemy is within” unfortunately prevail.

    Montana, hmm, my home state.  I’m not surprised.

    • Atticus on October 1, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Just one year later, Dylan wrote this about the murder of Medger Evers:

    A South politician preaches to the poor white man,
    “You got more than the blacks, don’t complain.
    You’re better than them, you been born with white skin,” they explain.
    And the Negro’s name
    Is used it is plain
    For the politician’s gain
    As he rises to fame
    And the poor white remains
    On the caboose of the train
    But it ain’t him to blame
    He’s only a pawn in their game.

    The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid,
    And the marshals and cops get the same,
    But the poor white man’s used in the hands of them all like a tool.
    He’s taught in his school
    From the start by the rule
    That the laws are with him
    To protect his white skin
    To keep up his hate
    So he never thinks straight
    ‘Bout the shape that he’s in
    But it ain’t him to blame
    He’s only a pawn in their game.

    From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks,
    And the hoof beats pound in his brain.
    And he’s taught how to walk in a pack
    Shoot in the back
    With his fist in a clinch
    To hang and to lynch
    To hide ‘neath the hood
    To kill with no pain
    Like a dog on a chain
    He ain’t got no name
    But it ain’t him to blame
    He’s only a pawn in their game.

    We have to go through it all over again because most of us take the easy way and don’t bother to learn anything.  I do believe that together we have finally reached a point of universal change.

  4. and stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking at the reflecting pool and the Washington Monument, I told my three sons (12, 10 and 6) about the March on Washington in 1963, and the 20-year anniversary march in 1983 (which I attended).  The older two actually listened to me.

    I hope that they continue to listen, and that the many, many people who believe in an end to racism can overcome the actions of those who don’t.  The ANSWP’s website is terrifying.  May we answer fearmongering and anger with understanding and compassion.

    Sigh.  There’s still so much work to do.

    • Diane G on October 2, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    and I mean absofuckinglutely fantastic Pluto.

    The subject is vile, but your presentation of it almost made me weep.

    One step forward two steps back

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