Talk:Monroe, North Carolina

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Whitewashing the city's history[edit]

The history section on this page reads like it has been eviscerated by the city's Chamber of Commerce. The fact of the matter is that Monroe in the late 1950s and early 1960s and perhaps in other time periods as well, as one of the most racist cities in the United States. For starters, Robert Williams reported witnessing Jesse Helms, Sr. brutally beat a pregnant black woman in the street as a child as the inception of his racial consciousness. This should be included in the history section. Also, it should be included that the "high racial tension" under which the Steagall couple was taken into Williams' home was due to 5,000 whites brutally attacking Freedom Riders who had to be saved by the Black Armed Guard, Williams' black rifle club. This was the riot during which James Forman, president of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee had his head beaten to a pulp by a policeman's rifle butt.

I just edited a little bit to give the age of the boys in the kissing case and to clarify that the girl, Sissy Marcus, had kissed the older boy, Hanover Thompson and that the younger boy, Fuzzy Simpson, had merely seen it happen. It should probably also be clarified that this happened in a game of "house" after Sissy realized that Hanover's mother had previously been a maid for the Marcus family and that Hanover was the black boy she had grown up playing with as his mother cleaned the Marcus home.

I understand what it is to have a history that isn't exactly something to be proud of. Where I come from is probably best known for similar Civil Rights abuses, but that is no reason to deny the past.

In case there are inquiries made into the validity of my claims, I will cite my reference as being the personal papers of Conrad Lynn, Robert Williams' lawyer, found in the Howard Gotlieb Center at Boston University's Mugar Library. Alternatively, I believe most of this information can be found in Timothy Tyson's book on Robert F. Williams, Radio Free Dixie. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.122.81.158 (talk) 16:50, 4 June 2009 (UTC)