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Here's my contribution to the "Vague lj post" meme - A little less than a happy high
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Here's my contribution to the "Vague lj post" meme


In 1923, the Ku Klux Klan made their first daylight march in the US in Milo, Maine. Now, you might think that Maine is not exactly known for its large black population, and you would be absolutely right. In Maine, the Klan was far more concerned with the French Canadian Catholics who had come to the state to seek work in the mills. There was... let's call it concern on the part of the Protestant employers that the Frenchies would organize, and so resorted to fear and ridicule as a means of maintaining the social order. At its high point, the Klan in Maine boasted nearly 8% of the state's population as active members.

I certainly can't claim to have experienced the depth of prejudice that my grandparents did. Still, it was a little too readily that I got reminded that I was from the French-Canadian part of town, and a little too easily that jokes were told invoking base stupidity and lack of social graces as given traits of Franco-Americans. French was my first language, and that was lost because I was teased first for not being able to speak English and then because I had an accent.

The jokes just tell themselves.

At any rate, I'm probably being prickly here, but you know, I'm rather filled with the urge to say something along the lines of "Fuck off you bigoted white-bread asstard."


Oh, wait... I guess that's not so vague.
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alex_victory From: alex_victory Date: January 27th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I figured I was about 50/50 that it would upset you, but I decided to take a chance. Won't do so again. My apologies.
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there's always your "sensitive" filter, right?

Beh.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 27th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW, I recently realized that my great-grandmother Marquette was from Canada. So, as German as I seem, I have a sliver of French Canadianism.
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
More and more I've been feeling the urge to find my aunt's genealogical work and pick up where she left off. I know that I'm mostly French Canadian with a smattering of Native American, and I know that at least part of my dad's family were here (as in New France) by the mid-17th century. Other than that, there are huge gaps.
khep From: khep Date: January 28th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy shit. My dad's side is French Canadian Catholic on the East Coast and I had no idea.
komos From: komos Date: January 28th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was pretty tripped out when I learned about it. It largely followed out of the early 20th century "Red Scare" and Americans' tendency towards isolationism. There were lots of doomsday scenarios put forth by nativists, but it really came down to their fear of the "other."
blackbishop From: blackbishop Date: January 29th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amazing isn't it, without the help of the French the American Revolution may have gone a different way. They certainly tied the English Navy up, which in turn prevented them from hunting down U.S. smugglers and privateers.

Of course there is the whole Catholic v Protestant thing, which seems to go on and on and on.

Do yourself a favour, get a hold of Henry Rollins speaking tour CD or tape and find the routine he does about his plan to get rid of the KKK. After that you won't ever look at them again without laughing.
komos From: komos Date: January 30th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I hear ya...

I'm going to have to keep an eye out for it. You're not the first person to suggest a Rollins piece to me, so I'm thinking I should start taking the recs seriously.
blackbishop From: blackbishop Date: January 30th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Big Hank is a strange bloke, his music is full on punk, when interveiwed he is a very serious person talking about gun control, drugs and education. But his speaking tours, even though they cover these issues(in a funny way) are sprinkled with liberal doses of dick jokes.
From: justkayes Date: August 27th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

The postcard

My goodness, I had been searching for this postcard for quite some time online and was pleased, if one can be with the subject which it stands for, to find it in your livejournal. Do you own it, or did you find it somewhere?

I am from Milo originally, born in '64, moved away in '88. I'm still in Maine, and I am constantly surprised at the number of people who don't realize that the KKK was ever in Maine, and further shocked and utterly dismayed when I tell them that Milo had the first daylight march. I've created a taste for local politics, and when some of the nastier of the political supporters start crying racism, I bring the subject up, which quickly causes them to look at themselves a bit differently.

I simply had to respond, and question as well, if you may have access to any other postcards or pictures, or know where I may find them myself.

Thanks so much!

Lisa Wiley
allstarr@gwi.net
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The postcard

I have the image strictly because of a google search. I remember seeing a copy at some point on eBay, but the bidding got way out of hand, probably because there are a fair number of collectors of Klan memorabilia kicking around.
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