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FIT RIDS! CAN You sAY “FAIRAND flACANCED”.’ SURE Yu*/ cAN , The firing probably didn’t surprise Hance. “Kent Hance doesn’t represent me …,” Sickey told the Observer \(“The Pimping of the Presidency,” June 10, Poncho, who was the tribal council chair until the reform council was sworn in on June 8, recently admitted to the Observer that he was wrong when he said he hadn’t visited the White House in May 2001 in exchange for a $25,000 contribution to Americans for Tax Reform. He had, a source close to him said, “revisited the issue” shortly before the May 28 election. Also fired was Tribal Court Judge T.J. Davis who had handed down several rulings in favor of the ousted council. And the police chief installed by the BIA. And Texas plaintiffs’ lawyer Joe Kendall, who was handling the tribe’s suit against Abramoff and his Washington law firm. Anyone non-Indian hired by former tribal chair Lovelin Poncho or referred by Kent Hance is officially off the reservation. WHEN THE KLAN COMES TO TOWN The sign read simply “Event,” but the cops in riot gear, the anarchists clad head-to-toe in black, and a small group of people wearing white robes and pointy hats signaled that this was no ordinary happening. At the community center in Tomball, on the northwest edge of Houston, the White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Cleveland, Texas, were holding a “lecture and exhibit.” Invited were “all those interested in the survival of the White Race,” no “muds” or media allowed. Those lucky enough to get past the Klan security at the front doormanned by the likes of Jim Stinson of the hate-punk band Whitewash and John “Cadillac” Thellin, a hard-core Klan leaderwere privy to a collection of Klan artifacts and memorabilia. The traveling exhibition featured black-and-white photographs of thousands of Klansmen descending on San Antonio and Dallas in the 1930s; pristine posters of Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith’s 1915 filmic paean to the Klan; Grand Dragon robes; vinyl records of racist music; comic books depicting blacks as subhuman and slave-masters as benevolent caretakers; and all manner of Klan tchotchkes, including a porcelain statue of a robed Klansmen that Christmas.” There were no photos of black men hanging from trees. Inside the community center, Klansmen and members of the public toured the exhibit beside children and whole families. After about 100 people had viewed the exhibit, Charles Lee, the Grand Dragon of the White Camelia Knights, took to the dais, looking quite Sunday-go-to-meetin’ in his suit and tie. Lee, a bald and slight man with an East Texas accent, spoke to the audience on the “true” history of the Klan, which was apparently founded during Reconstruction as a way to ensure the survival of the White race against the tyranny of freed slaves. Contrary to popular belief, Lee contended, the KKK is not a “racist” group but a “racialist” organization along the lines of the NAACP or LULAC designed to ensure that white people have a voice in a nation run amok with multiculturalism and a Jewish-controlled media. The Grand Dragon touched on the woes of immigration \(“people coming straight \(sending Americans to die for Arab jobs. Lee seized on contemporary working-class worries and spun them into a simple framework of racial hatred. Outside the civic hall, riot cops stood guard as hundreds of people protested the Klan in a cordoned “free-speech zone.” This area seemed reserved for the out-of-town lefties: the International Socialist Organization; the anarchist-oriented Anti-Racist mitted to direct action against racism and racists; and the New Black Panther Party. About a block away, a coalition of local churches carried on their own multiracial Klan protest with lots of breaks for prayer and impromptu sermons. While the church-orga nized rally was heavy on togetherness and ministry to the Klansmen, the much younger and more militant crowd in the free-speech zone was spoiling for a fight. According to an eyewitness, Steve May of Tomball, four Klansmen approached and threatened a single ARA member. Quickly, other ARAers spotted what was happening and approached the rapidly escalating scene. The Klansmen then fled, chased by a group of about 30 ARA members and supporters, across a field behind the community center and into a res taurant, whose doors were promptly locked. With the KKK members inside the restaurant, a crowd of protestors formed outside, demanding that the continued on page 30 JULY 8, 2005 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 5