Tuesday, November 03, 2009

30 Years Ago Today

30 years ago today the famous Greensboro gun battle took place between the Communist Workers' Party on the one hand, and the Klan and the National Socialist Party of America on the other. When it was over the world, was encumbered by five less Reds. I always like to think of it as the day the Communist Workers' Party finally met some workers.

I won't re-hash the story or my own involvement in it, except to say that it was a few glorious seconds followed by years of agony for 16 innocent men. They finally got through it in the end, but at a terrible price which was almost as bad as if they had gone to prison.

But there were those few seconds of glory when at long last there they were, the scum of the earth, with no big brawny policemen to protect them. Just them and us, and they had to bring it on--and the world knows what happened as a result.

Another thought I've always had about Greensboro--you saw what we're capable of doing when we're forced to defend ourselves against an unprovoked armed attack. So what could we do if we ever actually TRIED?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

PBS transcript from 1983 on Greensboro.


7:51 PM  

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