Friday, January 13, 2012
That's What I Like about the South, Part One -- The News from Laurens, SC
Check out today's news from Laurens, SC, in today's New York Times, go here.
If you haven't heard already, a judge in Greenwood, S.C. has decided that the building housing the Redneck Shop, a shrine to the Ku Klux Klan, is now owned by Pastor David Kennedy (see image above by John Adkisson) and his tiny New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church.
Kennedy's congregation inherited it from a disgruntled follower of John Howard, the Klan leader who founded the shop.
As the New York Times puts it, "in a quirk of fate laced with lawsuits, religious conversions and a small-town Southern narrative Harper Lee might deliver, a black pastor will eventually control what just might be the most famous white supremacist shop in America."
The irony -- now that's what I like about the South.