Here’s a headline: “My good friend HK gets a biased news report in the Columbia Daily Herald!” Of course that’s not really news. He has been defamed by much more important fish-wrappers than the Daily Herald.
This little hit piece which mentions HK, Kirk Lyons and me, has upon it all the greasy fingerprints of Mark Potock, chief shill for the $PLC, a non-civil rights profit organization. It is a mark of shallow journalism to run to and get any quotes from this discredited Leftist front organization.
I am proud to be mentioned in the same article with these two men, although this piece of scribbling hardly deserves the name of “article.” What he fails to mention in writing about the allegedly infamous “Napkin Incident” is that it was a light-harted moment in an otherwise serious meeting. Kirk and I were having our first meeting with HK who was then the president and representative of the NAACP in Asheville.
At that meeting we were discussing how to go about persuading the Ku Klux Klan not to carry out their threat to return to Asheville and recreate their recent march through downtown. They promised that if they did not receive police protection this time and if the cops allowed Communist agitators and AIDS infected Sodomites to spit at them and throw batteries at them, that they would make what happened at Greensboro, NC look like a picnic. They were referring to the 1979 shoot-out that took place between the Communists and a coalition of Klan and neo-Nazi members in Greensboro at a “Death to the Klan” rally. Unfortunately for the Reds, it turned into a death to the Communists rally.
We were asked by the mayor’s office (unofficially of course and through back channels) to see what we could do to help prevent the threatened mayhem. Neither Kirk nor I had any connection to the Klan but we agreed to lend our expertise in far-Right groups to see what we could do to help.
One of the things that first impressed me about HK was his attitude about the whole situation. He said that he thought the Klan had a constitutional right to march, but under the circumstances and considering the heightened rhetoric that it would be better if they could be persuaded to postpone the planned second march. We agreed that it would be best and Kirk said that he would try to find a way to contact them and negotiate a cooling off period.
That meeting was the beginning of a long and interesting friendship with HK. We found that he was just as passionate about individual liberty, personal responsibility and the Bill of Rights as we were. We had never met before and shoddy propaganda in the Asheville Citizen-Times similar in tone to this wretched news piece, had made HK think that he had made an appointment with the Devil. Instead we found much that we agreed upon and that we liked each other very well.
Unfortunately, they require a subscription to view the original story, but just take my word for it, it’s not worth it.