I am old enough to remember seeing White racism in the ” Old South ” when I was a child. I clearly remember the many news stories about Byron De La Beckwith, Jr., in 1963 and 1964. Beckwith was a White racist and Klansman from Greenwood, Mississippi. He was tried for the murder of Medgar Evers who was shot on June 12, 1963. Both trials of Beckwith resulted in hung juries in 1964. During Beckwith’s second trial, former Governor Ross Barnett interrupted the trial to shake hands with Beckwith. In my view, Governor Barnett lacked basic decency and disgraced himself by displaying a pathological form of White racism.
In 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Florissant, Missouri, to shake hands with citizens of that region where rioting had been taking place. Some community residents had rioted over the shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer. Holder was critical of law enforcement and discussed his ” humiliation ” of having his car searched by law enforcement after he was stopped for speeding.
Mr. Holder, in my view, has often used his power as Attorney General to promote Black racism and to silence the critics of his boss, Barack Obama. As an American who deplores both Black racism and White racism, I am mystified why the American news media continues to view Holder and Obama as anything more than elected Black racists. White racism from the past does not justify the new Black racism practiced by Holder and Obama against the American People and the Constitution. I found Holder’s handshaking of individuals in the area of the riots to be as disgusting as Governor Ross Barnett’s handshake of Beckwith.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s note: Byron De La Beckwith was tried for a third time in 1994 and convicted. He died in prison in 2001, at the age of 80. )