In 1936 in the Jim Crow South, Robert F. Williams
was an 11-year-old black boy in Monroe, North Carolina, who watched helplessly as Jesse Helms Sr.
(father and namesake of the former senator
) beat an African-American woman to the ground and "dragged her off to the nearby jailhouse, her dress up over her head, the same way that a cave man would club and drag his sexual prey."
Years later, after a stint in the segregated military, Williams returned home to Monroe and worked as an NAACP organizer, where he brought international attention to the Kissing Case
, a 1958 incident in which two black boys under the age of 10 were sentenced to a reformatory for kissing a white girl. By then, Williams had also attracted controversy for his advocacy of armed self-defense, a position he outlined in the book Negroes with Guns
. But it would all change overnight in 1961, when Williams landed on FBI's Most Wanted
list, after being charged with kidnapping a white couple that Williams claimed he was trying to save from an angry black crowd. [more inside]
posted by jonp72
on Jun 8, 2010 -
has been dead
for a few days
. He was not mentioned here and I somehow missed all this. He was a player in the music biz in his day and kinda looks like me if I stopped trimming my beard for a week or two. RIP.
posted by arse_hat
on Jul 8, 2005 -
At least Helms tries
to pretend he's offended...
Warning: Quicktime file, may put you off your feed.
posted by GriffX
on Sep 6, 2001 -
Sen. Helms Takes in U2 Concert
It seems that Jesse and Bono are pretty good friends. I just didn't imagine that -- I thought Bono liked Strom Thurmond much better. Show's how politically savvy I am. At least Jesse took his grandkids; I'm sure they would have given him hell for a while for leaving them out!
posted by dwivian
on Jun 17, 2001 -