Greensboro Apologizes For Klan-Nazi Shootings

Greensboro Apologizes For Klan-Nazi Shootings

10:54am Aug 16, 2017
Attendees applaud Greensboro City Council's decision to apologize for the city's role in the 1979 Klan-Nazi shootings. (Photo courtesy Lauren Barber/Triad City Beat)

The Greensboro City Council has offered an apology for the city’s role in the deadly Klan-Nazi shootings that took place in the late 1970s. The unexpected council vote came on the heels of Saturday’s violent confrontation in Charlottesville, VA, when a woman counter-protesting at a white supremacist rally was killed.

In 1979, five anti-Klan marchers were killed and 10 others wounded during a Klan/Nazi march in Greensboro. While all criminal defendants were acquitted in state and federal trials, a civil jury found the city and some Klansman liable for one of those deaths.

The News and Record of Greensboro reports Councilwoman Sharon Hightower introduced a measure this week apologizing for the city’s role in the shootings. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission report released in 2006 found that local police and anti-Klan marchers bore some responsibility for the deaths.

The City Council has previously issued a statement of regret, but until this week has stopped short of apologizing.

The measure passed on a vote of 7-1, with council members saying they hope to issue a more formal apology in the future.

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