Time can't erase brutal acts from 1960s

Dec 11, 2011 Full story: Journalgazette.net 20

Check out the list. Exactly seven decades ago Wednesday, about lunchtime for people in Fort Wayne, Clarence Cook was relaxing.He was in the Navy, and it was a Sunday, his only day off.

Full Story
a truly caring soul

Canton, MS

#1 Dec 22, 2011
How can we move past this if we never put this behind us. I just can't see why consistent reminders could ever allow anyone to move forward with todays society. If we keep living in the past, and not the present we can't allow this to heal. I'm 24 years old and I wish this as many other events in history had never happened. I hate that this still places the stigma of racial hatred on many, many, many people that had nothing to do with this. Such as myself seeing how my mother was not even an infant at this time. I think it would be great to put this behind us. It was a very tradgic event. One that I wish I could have personally prevented myself. At the same time I wish we could lay this to rest rather than bringing it forward to the present and future with every generation. The deaths were tradgic and shouldn't be celebrated.
Realistic One

Canton, MS

#2 Dec 22, 2011
Nothing can erase it, but what is it that people expect by never trying to move forward? Nobody can change history, but personally I think everyone can have affect on the PRESENT and FUTURE. I don't look for the color of someones skin, but allow people to show their true colors. Everyone has them and they're not Black, Brown, or White. The only thing that will ever change that COULD make a difference is when skin color and race has no bearing on anything. I would truly like to see that. But that would require people of every color to be willing to move on, and live for today and tomorrow.
resident of neshoba

United States

#3 Dec 28, 2011
I read this article and it infuriates me!!'n. yes what happened was awful and yes I believe people should be held responsible for what they did. But what is just a aim untrue statement is where Mr. Smith says people are afraid to take off work to attend the ceremonies for those people. That is a crock of crap!!! Nobody is afraid of doing just what they want to do!!! He doesn't live here and he has no clue of what life is like. Walk the streets with people, work (if they have a job) along side of people who have a sense of entitlement and see who lives in hostile times.

Since: Dec 11

Barnhart, MO

#4 Jan 2, 2012
resident of neshoba wrote:
I read this article and it infuriates me!!'n. yes what happened was awful and yes I believe people should be held responsible for what they did. But what is just a aim untrue statement is where Mr. Smith says people are afraid to take off work to attend the ceremonies for those people. That is a crock of crap!!! Nobody is afraid of doing just what they want to do!!! He doesn't live here and he has no clue of what life is like. Walk the streets with people, work (if they have a job) along side of people who have a sense of entitlement and see who lives in hostile times.
It was an awful event. It finally allowed those involved to surface for who they were, which included what was considered to be prominent people.

If evidence against them can be produced, then I say they should all be tried, even now. Killen was a product of his environment and like Beckwith (Medgar Evers Assassin) he will never change how he thinks.

BUT, as for being afraid, that's a crock of $$$$. People have no right to be afraid of anything in Mississippi other than the normal things to be afraid of. There's no longer any boogey man KKK or behind the scenes Citizens Council. Many who belonged to those organizations have been jailed, ostracized or completely stripped of any power they have or had. As for the Citizens Council, any politician in his right mind would distance himself completely from them.....or he will be distanced without his help.

Just more of the same tired ol "watch out for the rednecks in Mississippi" as far as I'm concerned.
Neshoba2012

Philadelphia, MS

#5 Jan 28, 2012
This town will NEVER live this down because it allows the guilty to live amongst us.
Mississippi Diva

Calumet City, IL

#7 Sep 12, 2012
I was very active in the the civil rights movement back in the 60, the long hot summer of 64 was was an eye opener for many. You must remember the past or it might repeat itself. Racism is alive and well in Neshoba county and the rest of the nation. If you disagree, look at our political climate. What happened in Neshoba county was a heinous act of bigotry, hatred and racism. If we are not mindful of this, it could happen again.
Old Timer

United States

#9 Jan 21, 2013
Sam Bowers was a great man. He did his best but him and The White Knights of Mississippi couldn't take on the whole. US Government ITSUB-AKIA-SANBOG
Knighhawk

El Monte, CA

#10 Jan 21, 2013
Dynamite Bob Chambliss was a good friend of my family's. We loved him dearly
southern bell

El Monte, CA

#11 Jan 22, 2013
Knighhawk wrote:
Dynamite Bob Chambliss was a good friend of my family's. We loved him dearly
He was always a Gentlemen. Bull Connor dated my mama back in high school. Wish he would have been my Daddy. He was a stand up whiteman
machine gun Johnny

El Monte, CA

#12 Jan 22, 2013
Growing up in Maben MS .my whole family were Klan. Some of the best people I have ever met. Just trying to protect their family and way of life. All hail Samuel Halloway Bowers. ITSUB
Lance

Tyler, TX

#14 May 4, 2013
You know, those guys didnt go up to New York looking for trouble. They came to Neshoba County and stuck their noses where it didnt belong. In my mind they are not heroes but idiots who should have minded their own business. It wasnt their problem to begin with.

Since: Mar 13

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 6, 2013
Damn all of these bigots are crazy! Sam Bowers was a MURDERER AND DOMESTIC TERRORIST! The Klan killed thousands of people, and you guys seriously admire them. Boy I'm glad I'm from up North!
Mississippian

Orlando, FL

#16 Jun 23, 2013
willgarrett1975 wrote:
Damn all of these bigots are crazy! Sam Bowers was a MURDERER AND DOMESTIC TERRORIST! The Klan killed thousands of people, and you guys seriously admire them. Boy I'm glad I'm from up North!
I'm from Mississippi....66 years.....and I have to agree with you. Whether at the time they thought they were doing what was right or not, it wasn't. Killing people is not the answer. People have to take a look at "this is what we've always done" and re-evaluate from time to time. Had they put themselves in the others shoes, they would never have accepted that treatment. Heroes they ARE NOT!!!!
Brutus

Irvine, CA

#17 Jul 16, 2013
Since Lyndon Johnson's 'New Deal' negros families are fatherless ruins with most on welfare. Practically every female is twerking while almost every male thinks he's a 'gangster rapper' and it's by choice. They TRY to separate themselves culturally from the rest of the country. Almost none of them are really educated and almost ten minutes into a conversation with one and it's all about slavery this and slavery that when slavery ended in 1865! You could fork over all the government money in the world to them and they'll just continue to get worse not better.
Stump Jumper

Liberty, TN

#18 Aug 24, 2013
Neshoba2012 wrote:
This town will NEVER live this down because it allows the guilty to live amongst us.
Neshoba...get off the apology train...you just give more fuel to the entitled. Those New York scum had NO business in Mississippi...and while they didn't deserved to be murdered they still sowed the seeds of their own demise. Tell you what you people elected a black mayor to ease yore poor little guilt...and what did it get you...the worst crime rate in that city's history. Quit groveling...you sicken me.
Mississippian

United States

#19 Sep 22, 2013
I still maintain, as a Mississippian, that attitudes and methods have to change......for the most part, they have. HOWEVER, when one reads the posts on here, it doesn't take long to realize that in a lot of ways, not much has changed. Welfare? In Miss, yes. Nationwide, no. The majority of welfare users nationwide are white. Hmmm, imagine that. Get out of the backwoods, expand your horizons and quit talking like how the rest of the world envisions us.
Brutus

Irvine, CA

#20 Sep 29, 2013
Not per capita. Yes your attitude and methods have to change and change soon before you drive the country into complete and utter economic and social ruin. Then there won't be any welfare or jobs.
Positive action

Meridian, MS

#21 Feb 25, 2014
The one area where blacks,whites, and indians need more of is JOBS, almost 14% of the population in Philly is unemployed, they say the rate is near 7% but this DOES NOT account for the 100's who have just given up on looking for a job.
It's time to bring new JOBS to the city and build a strong employed workforce, crime will go down, public assistance will go down, drug abuse will be lower. Overall JOBS can not do it all for the town, but it will come closer.
We should praise the work of the Baptist center for their help with those in need of clothing and food, they have done so much in the last year.
The issue is not welfare, food stamps, afdc, or any social net for the poor, but plentiful good paying JOBS.
If we can gain Kroger foods, Outback steakhouse, and Chilies in our City, these three alone could lower the unemployment rate by an estimated 1.5 - 2%.
Mississippi Diva

Dolton, IL

#22 Mar 7, 2014
Knighhawk wrote:
Dynamite Bob Chambliss was a good friend of my family's. We loved him dearly
I would be ashamed to admit any affiliation with this racist bastard.
Born and bred

Erin, TN

#23 Mar 16, 2014
I agree.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Violent Crime Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Nation briefs: Cheney, Gonzales indicted in pri... (Nov '08) 1 hr Swedenforever 531
Teen's Shooting Highlights Racial Tension 3 hr Ronald 3,012
Pennsylvania police hunting for survivalist wan... 5 hr Joe 1
Ky. has counties added to federal drug program Mon come on 1
Two people wounded in Far East El Paso drive-by... Mon Veronica Escobar 3
Widow of murdered Rumney chiropractor says fata... Sun Momof3 1
Coroner identifies Allentown shooting victim Sep 28 silly rabbit 6

Violent Crime People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE