Monday, July 11, 2011

Mississippi Authorities to Review Black Man's Hanging In Greenwood An Area Home To White Knights of The KKK

FOX NEWS...Mississippi authorities are reviewing the case of a black man who was found dead hanging from a tree after relatives questioned the credibility of the deputy medical examiner. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Monday it began its investigation after allegations surfaced that Dr. Adel Shaker falsified information in a murder case in Kenya in 1998.

Shaker told The Associated Press that his boss in Kenya changed his report to make it look like a tourist was killed by animals instead of people. His credibility was questioned by an attorney for the parents of Fredrick Jermaine Carter. Carter was found hanging in a tree near Greenwood in December 2010.

USA TODAY...State Rep. Willie Perkins, a Democrat from Greenwood and president of the Leflore County branch of the NAACP, says that group also "will keep a high scrutiny and watch on any investigative report regarding what was the cause of death."

"There are a lot of concerns there, No. 1 that this individual could not have (hanged) himself without the assistance of someone, if it's being declared a suicide," he says. "Why would someone from Sunflower County come to North Greenwood, the predominantly white housing area of Greenwood? Why would someone that far away come and hang themselves in North Greenwood by a river? That does not pass the smell test to me."

Another local elected official, state Sen. David Jordan, a Democrat, says the African-American community in Greenwood is "very much concerned." "This is in a white wealthy area, and black people just don't go over there," he says. "There's not a single black that's talked to us who believes that he hanged himself."

Jordan, who is African-American, suggests there is a historical underpinning for blacks being suspicious about the specter of violence against them: Greenwood is about 12 miles from Money, Miss., site of one of the most infamous lynchings in U.S. history.

In August 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy visiting relatives for the summer, was abducted and killed after he allegedly made remarks to a white woman.

"We're not drawing any conclusions," Jordan says. "We're skeptical, and rightfully we should be, given our history. We can't take this lightly. We just have to wait and see."
Medgar Evers his photo above was assassinated outside his Greenwood, MS home in 1963, Evers was the Mississippi state NAACP leader and an organizer for civil rights workers.  Medgar Evers was murdered byWhite Knights  KKK "sniper" Bryan de la Beckwith of Greenwood MS.  Delay joined the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1960's.

No one really knew why, but Delay was a die-hard white supremacist. Delay hated blacks, Jews and Roman Catholics. As Time magazine later reported, “He tried to inject racism into everything.” Delay composed and distributed racist pamphlets in Greenwood MS. He also took part in anti-integration rallies, where he did things like obstructing non-whites from using public toilet facilities. At that time – from 1954 until the mid-1960s – the Klan was engaged in open warfare against the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi .

See Greenwood MS at the top of the map below, there are 25 unsolved murders in Mississippi during the 1960's that included black men CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE MAP.

Mississippi was a hotbed of Civil Rights activism in the 1960′s . Sam Bowers was the imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi, he was linked to Florence Mississippi in 1984. The White Knights of the Ku Klux Klanwas considered the most militant as well as the most violent Ku Klux Klan in history. ”By June of 1964, membership in the White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan of Mississippi was estimated at 10,000″.
In 1964, the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three civil rights workers: Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner. The victims were members of the Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE).
Sam Bowers perceived the original Ku Klux Klan as being too passive. On February 15, 1964, at a meeting in Brookhaven, Mississippi, he convinced about 200 members of the original Knights to defect and join a highly secret Klan, to be called the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, that would not hesitate to use violence to achieve its goals. Bowers adopted a strict code of secrecy with the purpose of preserving White supremacy in the South.

Sam Bowers was convicted in the Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman killings and served more than six years at McNeil Island Federal Prison in Washington. He was released in 1976. At the time of his death, the former Imperial Wizard was serving a 1998 sentence of life in a Mississippi prison for the 1966 bombing.   Today, the MS White Knights are led under Imperial Wizard Richard Green with over 100 members in Mississippi.

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