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Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jan 24, 2013
The Hoosiers of the Heartland have always been racist. While the soul of America was moving on and getting enlightment, he heart of the country was black with the hate of hoots and hicks.
The Indiana Klan was a branch of the Ku Klux Klan, a secret society in the United States that organized in 1915 to affect public affairs on issues of Prohibition, education, political corruption, and morality. It was most strongly anti-Catholic, but also opposed Jews and blacks. It opposed immigration from southern and eastern Europe, which was sharply reduced by a new law in 1923. In Indiana, the Klan generally did not practice overt violence but used intimidation in certain cases. Nationally it practiced racism and terrorism against minority ethnic and religious groups.
The Indiana Klan rose to prominence beginning in the early 1920s after World War I, when ethnic Protestants felt threatened by social and political issues, including changes caused by decades of heavy immigration from southern and eastern Europe. By 1922 the state had the largest organization nationally, and its membership continued to increase dramatically under the leadership of D.C. Stephenson. It averaged 2,000 new members per week from July 1922 to July 1923, when he was appointed as the Grand Dragon of Indiana. He led the Indiana Klan and other chapters he supervised to break away from the national organization in late 1923. The KKK flourished like never before in the Indiana Republican Party.
Indiana's Klan organization reached its peak of power in the following years, when it had 250,000 members, an estimated 30% of native-born white men. By 1925 over half the elected members of the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor of Indiana, and many other high-ranking officials in local and state government were members of the Klan, and all Republicans. Politicians had also learned they needed Klan endorsement to win office.
That year Stephenson was charged and convicted for the rape and murder of Madge Oberholtzer, a young schoolteacher. His vile behavior caused a sharp drop in Klan membership, which decreased further with his exposure to the press of secret deals and the Klan's bribery of public officials. Denied pardon, in 1927 Stephenson began to talk to the Indianapolis Times, giving them lists of people who had been paid by the Klan. Their press investigation exposed many Klan members, showed they were not law-abiding, and ended the power of the organization, as members dropped out by the tens of thousands. By the end of the decade, the Klan was down to about 4,000 members and finished in the state. Efforts by some to revive it in the period of the 1960s and 1970s were not successful.
On a hot August night in 1930 a crowd gathered in front of an Indiana jail—men, women, and children shouting and jeering, demanding that the sheriff release his three prisoners. Three African American teenagers—Tom Shipp, Abe Smith, and James Cameron—huddled inside their cells, charged with the murder of a white man and the rape of white woman. Some among the thousands of people in front of the jail formed a mob. They beat down the jail doors, pulled the three youths from their cells, brutally beat them, and dragged them to a tree on the courthouse square. At the last minute the mob spared Cameron, the youngest and most boyish of the trio. Smith and Shipp died, lynch ropes around their necks, their bodies hanging as the town photographer captured one of the most famous lynching photographs in American history.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jan 24, 2013
Part two Hoosier Racists
The photo was so iconic that it has been the inspiration for many poems, books and songs down the years,“Strange Fruit” by the Jewish poet Abel Meeropol (later sung by Billie Holiday) being the best example. Every time you hear Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, the first line you heard is “They’re selling postcards of the hanging”, inspired by the above photo.
They are selling souvenirs of the hanging in Indiana, meanwhile Bob Dylan writes a song about a similar hanging in his own town called Desolation Row.
The song opens with a report that "they're selling postcards of the hanging", and notes "the circus is in town". Polizzotti, and other critics, have connected this song with the lynching of three black men in Duluth . The men were employed by a travelling circus and had been accused of raping a white woman. On the night of June 15, 1920, they were removed from custody and hanged on the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East. Photos of the lynching were sold as postcards. Duluth was Bob Dylan’s birthplace; at the time of the lynching, Dylan’s father, Abram Zimmerman, was eight years old, and lived two blocks from the scene of the lynchings. Abram Zimmerman passed the story on to his son.
Here are the lyrics from Desolation Row, dedicated to the memory of the Hoosier Racists whom we all must flush out.
http://vimeo.com/11222889
They’re selling postcards of the hanging
They’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner
They’ve got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they’re restless
They need somewhere to go
As lady and I look out tonight
From desolation row
Cinderella, she seems so easy
It takes one to know one, she smiles
And puts her hands into her back pockets
Bette Davis style
And in comes Romeo, he’s moaning
"You belong to me I believe"
And someone turns and says to him
"My friend you'd better leave"
And the only sound that’s left
After the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweeping up
On desolation row
Now the moon is almost hidden
The stars they're just pretending to hide
The fortunetelling lady
Has even taken all her things inside
All except for Cain and Abel
And the hunchback of Notre Dame
Everyone is makin' love
Or else expecting rain
And the good Samaritan, he’s dressing
He’s getting ready for the show
He’s going to the carnival tonight
On desolation row
Ophelia, she’s ’neath the window
For her I feel so afraid
On her twenty-second birthday
She already is an old maid
Now to her, death is quite romantic
She wears an iron vest
Her profession is her religion
Her sin is her lifelessness
And though her eyes are fixed upon
Noah’s great rainbow
She spends her time peeking
Into desolation row
Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood
With his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago
With his friend, some jealous monk
Now he looked so immaculately frightful
As he bummed his cigarette
Then he went off sniffing drainpipes
And reciting the alphabet
You would not think to look at him
But he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin
On desolation row
Dr. Filth, he keeps his world
Locked inside of his leather cup
But all his sexless patients
They’re trying to blow it up
Now his nurse, some local loser
She’s in charge of the cyanide hole
She also keeps the cards that read
"Have mercy on his soul"
They all play on the penny whistle
You can hear them blow
If you lean your head out far enough
From desolation row
Across the street they’ve nailed the curtains
They’re getting ready for the feast
The phantom of the opera
In a perfect image of a priest
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jan 24, 2013
Hoosier Racist Part Three

They’re spoon feeding Casanova
To get him to feel more assured
Then they’ll kill him with self-confidence
After poisoning him with words
And the phantom shouts to skinny girls
"Get outta here if you don’t know
Casanova he's just being punished for going
To desolation row"
Now at midnight all the agents
And the superhuman crew
Come out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do
Then they bring them to the factory
Where the heart attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders
And then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles
By insurance men who go
Check to see that no one is escaping
To desolation row
Praise be to Nero’s Neptune
The Titanic sails at dawn
And everybody’s shouting
"Which side are you on?"
And Ezra Pound and T.S. Elliott
Fighting in the captain’s tower
While Calypso's singers laugh at them
And fishermen hold flowers
Between the windows of the sea
Where lovely mermaids flow
And nobody has to think too much
About desolation row
Yes, I received your letter yesterday
About the time the door knob broke
When you asked me how I was doing
Was that some kind of joke?
All these people that you mention
Yes, I know them, they’re quite lame
I had to rearrange their faces
And give them all another name
Right now I cannot read too well
Don’t send me no more letters, no
Not unless you mail them
From desolation row
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jan 24, 2013
Hoosier Racist Part two

Part two Hoosier Racists

The photo was so iconic that it has been the inspiration for many poems, books and songs down the years,“Strange Fruit” by the Jewish poet Abel Meeropol (later sung by Billie Holiday) being the best example. Every time you hear Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, the first line you heard is “They’re selling postcards of the hanging”, inspired by the above photo.
They are selling souvenirs of the hanging in Indiana, meanwhile Bob Dylan writes a song about a similar hanging in his own town called Desolation Row.
The song opens with a report that "they're selling postcards of the hanging", and notes "the circus is in town". Polizzotti, and other critics, have connected this song with the lynching of three black men in Duluth . The men were employed by a travelling circus and had been accused of raping a white woman. On the night of June 15, 1920, they were removed from custody and hanged on the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East. Photos of the lynching were sold as postcards. Duluth was Bob Dylan’s birthplace; at the time of the lynching, Dylan’s father, Abram Zimmerman, was eight years old, and lived two blocks from the scene of the lynchings. Abram Zimmerman passed the story on to his son.

Here are the lyrics from Desolation Row, dedicated to the memory of the Hoosier Racists whom we all must flush out.

http://vimeo.com/11222889

They’re selling postcards of the hanging
They’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner
They’ve got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they’re restless
They need somewhere to go
As lady and I look out tonight
From desolation row
Cinderella, she seems so easy
It takes one to know one, she smiles
And puts her hands into her back pockets
Bette Davis style
And in comes Romeo, he’s moaning
"You belong to me I believe"
And someone turns and says to him
"My friend you'd better leave"
And the only sound that’s left
After the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweeping up
On desolation row
Now the moon is almost hidden
The stars they're just pretending to hide
The fortunetelling lady
Has even taken all her things inside
All except for Cain and Abel
And the hunchback of Notre Dame
Everyone is makin' love
Or else expecting rain
And the good Samaritan, he’s dressing
He’s getting ready for the show
He’s going to the carnival tonight
On desolation row
Ophelia, she’s ’neath the window
For her I feel so afraid
On her twenty-second birthday
She already is an old maid
Now to her, death is quite romantic
She wears an iron vest
Her profession is her religion
Her sin is her lifelessness
And though her eyes are fixed upon
Noah’s great rainbow
She spends her time peeking
Into desolation row
Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood
With his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago
With his friend, some jealous monk
Now he looked so immaculately frightful
As he bummed his cigarette
Then he went off sniffing drainpipes
And reciting the alphabet
You would not think to look at him
But he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin
On desolation row
Dr. Filth, he keeps his world
Locked inside of his leather cup
But all his sexless patients
They’re trying to blow it up
Now his nurse, some local loser
She’s in charge of the cyanide hole
She also keeps the cards that read
"Have mercy on his soul"
They all play on the penny whistle
You can hear them blow
If you lean your head out far enough
From desolation row
Across the street they’ve nailed the curtains
They’re getting ready for the feast
The phantom of the opera
In a perfect image of a priest
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jan 24, 2013
Part two Hoosier Racists

The photo was so iconic that it has been the inspiration for many poems, books and songs down the years,“Strange Fruit” by the Jewish poet Abel Meeropol (later sung by Billie Holiday) being the best example. Every time you hear Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, the first line you heard is “They’re selling postcards of the hanging”, inspired by the above photo.
They are selling souvenirs of the hanging in Indiana, meanwhile Bob Dylan writes a song about a similar hanging in his own town called Desolation Row.
The song opens with a report that "they're selling postcards of the hanging", and notes "the circus is in town". Polizzotti, and other critics, have connected this song with the lynching of three black men in Duluth . The men were employed by a travelling circus and had been accused of raping a white woman. On the night of June 15, 1920, they were removed from custody and hanged on the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East. Photos of the lynching were sold as postcards. Duluth was Bob Dylan’s birthplace; at the time of the lynching, Dylan’s father, Abram Zimmerman, was eight years old, and lived two blocks from the scene of the lynchings. Abram Zimmerman passed the story on to his son.

Here are the lyrics from Desolation Row, dedicated to the memory of the Hoosier Racists whom we all must flush out.

http://vimeo.com/11222889
Hoosier

Chicago, IL

#6 Jan 24, 2013
All of that is accurate history. But I think racial attitudes have come a long way since then. There is less overt racism with white sheets and burning crosses, than "subconscious" racism, where the person is unaware and clueless about a racist attitude. I see that a LOT. And some of that on these forums.
STFU

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jan 24, 2013
NUFF SAID!!!!!!!!
AllAmerican

Greenfield, IN

#8 Jan 24, 2013
It's a good thing I can let go of the past. Who gives a flying f*** about the KKK in the 1920s? I haven't seen a lynching yet, and don't expect to see one anytime soon so what is it about the 1920s that is so appealing to you Moe? I think your meds are eating your brain.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jan 24, 2013
It is present now.

Go to any major sporting event. Most of the "players" are colored. Look at the 70,000 "fans" and you will hardly ever see a colored face.

This is true of any major event with large crowds in Indy. If the city's population is 25% colored, where are they?
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#10 Jan 24, 2013
Moe wrote:
It is present now.
Go to any major sporting event. Most of the "players" are colored. Look at the 70,000 "fans" and you will hardly ever see a colored face.
This is true of any major event with large crowds in Indy. If the city's population is 25% colored, where are they?
Apparenty they are on the field making the big bucks (no pun intended), while the white faces pay big bucks to watch. Sounds like a match made in heaven. And you around Indy get to help pay for all of this!
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#11 Jan 24, 2013
The two major Hoosier racists are in Speedway in May, and the Brickyard.
Linda Bledsoe

United States

#12 Jan 24, 2013
Ralph wrote:
The two major Hoosier racists are in Speedway in May, and the Brickyard.
The most racist event in the city every single year is Black Expo. Hate is socially acceptable when it is blacks doing the hating.
AllAmerican

Greenfield, IN

#13 Jan 24, 2013
Moe wrote:
It is present now.
Go to any major sporting event. Most of the "players" are colored. Look at the 70,000 "fans" and you will hardly ever see a colored face.
This is true of any major event with large crowds in Indy. If the city's population is 25% colored, where are they?
Where are they? Are you living under a rock? I highly doubt you will find a professional athlete that wants to be liberated from NBA, or NFL slavery. What are you talking about?
Big Deal

Freeport, IL

#14 Jan 24, 2013
Quit playing the race card! I get sick and tired of hearing the word "racist." There are just as many black racists as there are white. Who cares. The race card needs to go in the paper shredder for good! Play the sympathy card, not the race card.
Duchess

Greenwood, IN

#15 Jan 24, 2013
Moe wrote:
It is present now.
Go to any major sporting event. Most of the "players" are colored. Look at the 70,000 "fans" and you will hardly ever see a colored face.
This is true of any major event with large crowds in Indy. If the city's population is 25% colored, where are they?
You must not get out much.
Jerry

Princeton, IL

#16 Jan 24, 2013
Linda Bledsoe wrote:
<quoted text>
The most racist event in the city every single year is Black Expo. Hate is socially acceptable when it is blacks doing the hating.
In Circel Center their used to be a Athletes Foot shoe store owned by a black man named jerry. He was very excited about the black expo in hopes of increased sales. It happened at the expense of over 3000 dollars in bad checks and stolen credit cards. You know what he did after that, Cash only during the black expo.
Ms T

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jan 24, 2013
What a bunch of whinny racist you hooosiers are.
what

Terre Haute, IN

#18 Jan 24, 2013
Four Seasons sues NAACP for alleged unpaid bill
By Erin Mulvaney | January 24, 2013 | Updated: January 24, 2013 4:38pm E-mail Print Page 1 of 1
Houston's Four Seasons Hotel is suing the NAACP, claiming the association owes the hotel almost $100,000, apparently for a summer banquet.

The lawsuit claims that the NAACP owes the Four Seasons $99,597 for various unpaid charges from July to November for an event held at the downtown hotel, according to a petition filed in Harris County District Court on Jan. 16.

The suit alleges that the payment was due on Nov. 27 and remains unpaid after a second request for payment in December of last year. An invoice submitted as evidence shows banquet charges of $34,401 and $39,909 in room charges, among other items on the list. The hotel claims the entire bill was not paid.

A call placed to the NAACP Houston branch was not immediately returned.
unsound

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jan 25, 2013
It astounds me how much people want to use racism as an excuse. It's almost like nobody ever bothered to check history. Moe I enjoyed your piece of history thanks nice reading ;-)

Other than that Black people were sold by their African tribe leaders and sent over here but still America had the least amount of Slaves and I don't want to quote percentages but I do know more than 70% were owned by the black community.
The only racism I see is that the white man is blamed for all of it. Also, if we ever had a black history month we'd have Black Panthers armed with Ak47 at every state house door demanding it was taken away with Al Sharpton as their leader. Their is the Black expo among so many other "black" things. White people would NEVER get away with this.
I'm tired of their crying nobody alive today is going to pick cotton. Neither have their grandparents. Your owed nothing. They can only be a victim of something if it happened to them.
I have black friends and yep they feel the same way I do. Then again they all work and have been to college. Maybe they are just the exception to the rule and they don't see themselves as being held back at anything in life due to what happened 150 years ago
Alonzo X

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jan 25, 2013
Big Deal wrote:
Quit playing the race card! I get sick and tired of hearing the word "racist." There are just as many black racists as there are white. Who cares. The race card needs to go in the paper shredder for good! Play the sympathy card, not the race card.
You sound like the stereotypical racist to me. Why do you want to hold the Black race down?

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