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jdberger
08-11-2010, 5:07 PM
I found this while doing a little research on how to effectively sue anti-civil rights organizations.... It isn't necessarily related - but it does illustrate how an armed minority can effectively employ the use of arms to protect itself from an oppressive majority.

The Battle of Hayes Pond
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hayes_Pond

During the 1950s, the Ku Klux Klan waged a campaign of terror throughout the American South. In 1957, Klan Wizard James W. "Catfish" Cole of South Carolina began a campaign of harassment against his neighbors to the north, the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina. Declaring the Lumbee to be "mongrels," Cole told newspapers: "There's about 30,000 half-breeds up in Robeson County and we are going to have some cross burnings and scare them up."

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Pleased with the Klan's campaign of terror directed against the Lumbees, Cole planned a massive Klan rally to be held on January 18, 1958, near the small town of Maxton, North Carolina. Cole predicted that 5,000 rallying Klansmen would remind the Lumbees of "their place." Cole hoped that his efforts at cowing the Lumbee into submission would consolidate his control over the Klan in the Carolinas.

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On the night of the battle, only 50 Klansmen out of the planned 5,000 arrived at the designated rally point. However, before Cole could begin the rally, over 500 well-armed Lumbee suddenly appeared, fanned out across the highway and encircled the assembled Klansmen. The Lumbee began making whooping noises and then opened fire on the Klansmen. Four Klansmen were wounded in the first volley fired by the Lumbee, but none seriously. The remaining Klansmen, however, panicked and fled the scene, leaving their families, public address system, unlit cross, and various Klan regalia behind. James W. "Catfish" Cole reportedly left his wife behind and escaped through a nearby swamp.

After the battle, the Lumbee held a "victory party", burned the Klan's abandoned regalia, and danced around an open fire. The Battle of Hayes Pond is remembered as one of the most significant events in Lumbee history and is celebrated annually as a Lumbee holiday. Moreover, the Battle of Hayes Pond received national attention. Newspapers mocked the Klan and praised the Lumbee. North Carolina Governor Luther H. Hodges denounced the Klan in a press statement. The embarrassed James W. "Catfish" Cole was prosecuted, convicted, and served a two-year sentence for inciting a riot. Unnerved by their rout by the Lumbee, the Klan ceased its activities in Robeson County until 1984... <snip>

elSquid
08-11-2010, 5:17 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_W._%22Catfish%22_Cole

Had this:

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Dr. Perry, a black doctor in Monroe, North Carolina, was presumed to be financing the local chapter of the NAACP, and consequently he received numerous death threats from the Klan. In 1957, Robert F. Williams, the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, organized a Black Armed Guard, made up mostly of World War II veterans, which began organizing for self-defense, and guarded Dr. Perry's house in shifts. Not making a mention of their race, the group sent a letter to the National Rifle Association asking for a charter, stating that they were a group of veterans who wanted to continue training in case they be called on to serve once again. The charter was granted.

Their preparations paid off on 5 October 1957, when Cole held a rally near Monroe. After the rally, a Klan motorcade headed to Dr. Perry's house, accompanied by shouting and the firing of weapons at houses along the way. When they reached Dr. Perry's house, the defenders returned fire from their fortified positions, and the Klan turned and ran. The city government in Monroe banned Klan motorcades the next day. After this unexpected resistance in Monroe, Cole directed his attention to the Lumbee in Robeson County.

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-- Michael

Interloper
08-11-2010, 6:15 PM
In both cases, we have a peaceful minority protecting their lives and freedom with legally owned firearms. This is as important today as ever. We seem to be headed towards a race/class war, driven by our POTUS and his cadre of Hustlers, Mobsters, and Trotskyites.

mzimmers
08-11-2010, 6:34 PM
In both cases, we have a peaceful minority protecting their lives and freedom with legally owned firearms. This is as important today as ever. We seem to be headed towards a race/class war, driven by our POTUS and his cadre of Hustlers, Mobsters, and Trotskyites.

Yep. Too bad that most Americans today have lost the inclination as well as the ability to fight back. Turning the other cheek against a bully just invites another slap.

Shady
08-11-2010, 7:01 PM
hahahah that is awesome good find

jdberger
08-11-2010, 9:40 PM
Interestingly, Robert F Williams is never mentioned during Black History Month.

I made a token effort this year. I'll try a little harder next year.

http://www.freedomarchives.org/images/RM_Williams.jpg

He was a Communist (or at least lived and associated with them) so I'd think that he'd be a darling of the Left....

elSquid
08-11-2010, 10:16 PM
Interestingly, Robert F Williams is never mentioned during Black History Month.

Saw this on youtube:

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I need to do some reading...

-- Michael

Seesm
08-12-2010, 4:07 AM
What a bunch wimps to leave there families behind...

Be a man and stand with your own. Good or bad man up.