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Tue Jul 14, 2020, 08:40 PM

Lawyers Call for Removal of Fla. Courthouse Mural Featuring 3 KKK Members: 'A Reprehensible Reminder

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Lawyers Call for Removal of Fla. Courthouse Mural Featuring 3 KKK Members: 'A Reprehensible Reminder'
“It doesn’t matter what the intent was. It matters that as a taxpayer I have the right to not be forced to relive this painful part of history every time I enter a building that I pay for,” a local resident said
By Rachel DeSantis
July 14, 2020 11:12 AM

Just outside the entrance to a Florida courthouse hangs a mural depicting three Ku Klux Klan members riding horses — and a group of lawyers and activists are fighting to change that.

Though the KKK members are featured on just one of the mural’s 43 panels outside the entrance to the Baker County Courthouse, those fighting for its removal say its location goes against all things justice, according to NBC affiliate WTLV.

“The Ku Klux Klan was an organization that dealt in terror, that their goals were to disenfranchise certain people from the system, to suppress voting, to essentially create a form of vigilantism that terrorized certain segments of the population so they could not participate and get a fair shake,” Mitch Stone, president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), told the outlet.

He added: “The courthouse is a place where we can dispense justice. The Ku Klux Klan did not represent justice.”


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no_hypocrisy Jul 14 #1
Nevilledog Jul 14 #2
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Tue Jul 14, 2020, 08:44 PM

1. Reminds me of the Amherst County Administration Building.

In 1996, they still had two sets of public restrooms. They didn't do more than put duct tape over "white" and "colored".

When I checked in again in 2010, new remodeling had one set of restrooms.

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Tue Jul 14, 2020, 08:47 PM

2. Holy Crap..... How is that still there????

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Tue Jul 14, 2020, 08:53 PM

3. This is on a court house?

WTF?

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 10:18 PM

4. Read about that in the Washington Post

One judge wouldn't let it hang over his courtroom, so they compromised and it hangs over the main entrance inside. The artist who painted it wrote a blurb about each panel (many depicting local industries, etc.). His explanation for the KKK was that it arose out of necessity to reign in "lawless ex-slaves and poor whites" or something along those lines b/c the worthless government wasn't doing it. It noted that their activities were "sometimes" excessive, but generally played down the truth about what they were.

I really can't believe this shit is still around in 2020.

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Tue Jul 14, 2020, 10:25 PM

5. Thanks for posting.

Makes south Arkansas seem almost enlightened.

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