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Rhiannon12866

(212,163 posts)
Tue Jun 18, 2024, 10:59 PM Jun 18

When the KKK Murdered My Childhood Friend - Robert Reich



As the shortest kid in school, I was an easy target for bullies. When I was about eight, I befriended a kind teenager who looked out for me. 60 years ago, he was murdered by the Klan for registering Black voters in Mississippi. Let me tell you about my friend, Mickey. - 06/18/2024.
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When the KKK Murdered My Childhood Friend - Robert Reich (Original Post) Rhiannon12866 Jun 18 OP
Neshoba County BaronChocula Jun 19 #1
As soon as he said "Philadelphia, Mississippi" I knew Rhiannon12866 Jun 19 #2
I remember Ray-gun making that his first stop! electric_blue68 Jun 19 #4
It's kind of shocking to find out Prof Reich knew him! electric_blue68 Jun 19 #5
I know! I cannot imagine how shocking - and heartbreaking - it must have been for Robert Reich! Rhiannon12866 Jun 19 #6
Absolutely! Like a piece of hideous, heineous history suddenly emotionally smacking you like a 2 by 4! electric_blue68 Jun 19 #8
Exactly. It must have taken him a long time to be able to talk about it. Rhiannon12866 Jun 19 #10
I might have missed the Philadelphia, Miss reference but as soon as he said Schwerner - omg! I knew! electric_blue68 Jun 19 #3
How shocking and heartbreaking it must have been for him since this kind guy befriended him as a young kid Rhiannon12866 Jun 19 #9
It's sometimes so astonishing whether for wonderful, or terrible outcomes how decisions, fate.... electric_blue68 Jun 20 #13
Agreed, and I cannot imagine how devastating this was for Robert Reich to learn, and it had to be a tough story to tell Rhiannon12866 Jun 20 #14
Another amazing thing to me bc I tend to think of him in sort of "American Pastorial" terms but Norman Rockwell did a... electric_blue68 Jun 19 #7
and what about that Orange Bully with the mouth that never stops. MagaSmash Jun 19 #11
Powerful message! Wuddles440 Jun 19 #12

BaronChocula

(1,856 posts)
1. Neshoba County
Wed Jun 19, 2024, 01:12 AM
Jun 19

Remember that as the county where The Three were murdered. And remember it as the county where republican candidate Ronald Reagan went to give a speech on "states' rights" in 1980. It was a heinous anti-tribute to three men who were murdered for defending the Constitution. Ronald Reagan made himself a party to those murders and an ally of the murderers.

Rhiannon12866

(212,163 posts)
2. As soon as he said "Philadelphia, Mississippi" I knew
Wed Jun 19, 2024, 01:28 AM
Jun 19

My 9th grade Social Studies teacher taught us a great deal about the Civil Rights Movement and so much comes back to me when I hear certain statements like this. And I also remember that very city was where Reagan began his presidential campaign - signaling his support for "states' rights" which caused Jimmy Carter to lose the South. And I was a little shocked when I heard Robert Reich say those words since this was a terrible and historic murder. And I certainly agree with you, Ronald Reagan was culpable - and not for the last time.

Rhiannon12866

(212,163 posts)
9. How shocking and heartbreaking it must have been for him since this kind guy befriended him as a young kid
Wed Jun 19, 2024, 02:57 AM
Jun 19

Now that we know his background, befriending a vulnerable young kid, it's even more of a tragedy.

electric_blue68

(15,803 posts)
13. It's sometimes so astonishing whether for wonderful, or terrible outcomes how decisions, fate....
Thu Jun 20, 2024, 01:05 AM
Jun 20

sometimes connects us together.

Rhiannon12866

(212,163 posts)
14. Agreed, and I cannot imagine how devastating this was for Robert Reich to learn, and it had to be a tough story to tell
Thu Jun 20, 2024, 01:08 AM
Jun 20

electric_blue68

(15,803 posts)
7. Another amazing thing to me bc I tend to think of him in sort of "American Pastorial" terms but Norman Rockwell did a...
Wed Jun 19, 2024, 02:46 AM
Jun 19

painting of that event. It's powerful, and shocking!

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