The Cincinnati Enquirer has the story of how the KKK is again distributing their hateful literature in Hamilton.
Robed and hooded Ku Klux Klan members distributed white supremacist literature in a Hamilton neighborhood late last week in a city where a 9-year-old girl was raped June 19, allegedly by a Hispanic man.
Similar fliers were distributed a week earlier in another neighborhood.
"There's really not a whole lot we can do about it legally," Sgt. Mark Thomas said Saturday, noting the content of the fliers is constitutionally protected free speech.
Protected free speech? Does that go for everybody?
Luken (R) points to his KKK friends (L) whom he has given special protection.
The response from Hamilton officials reminds me of one reason why Black activist in Cincinnnati declared Mayor Charlie Luken our enemy and engaged in a 5 year "no justice, no peace" movement designed to make Luken's life miserable at City Hall and in public forums. (I know many of you don't like the campaign, which has at times escalated into activists bombarding Luken with derogatory -- but constitutionally protected -- words which just happen to be the same words Luken allowed the Klan to use at their Fountain Square rally to attack Black people, and that's just too bad. If you don't like what we say, just ignore us.)
Let me back up for a second and explain what Luken did. He invited the Klan to Fountain Square, rolled out the red carpet for them once they arrived, and then let them threaten and insult African Americans at a rally calling us Niggers, Coons, Porch Monkeys, Baboons, and a host of other names. When the things the Klan said (using fighting words) moved our brother, Minister of Defense Abdul Muhammad Ali, to fight, the cops arrested him and protected the Klan members. Luken continues to defend the Klan's right to free speech and advise people who don't like their speech to ignore them, but he doesn't practice what he preaches. When African Americans do something Luken doesn't like in a public forum, he has them removed from the public place and arrested.
The ACLU under Scott Greenwood's leadership, has never fought for Black activists who've had their First Amendment rights trampled on, but he did defend the Klan. Unfortunately, local white judges, including U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Hogan, and Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Guy Guckenberger, all seem to think that this double standard is fair and permissible.
So, whenever you see the Klan in Cincinnati, or one of her suburbs, remember why they feel comfortable here: the Mayor of Cincinnati invited them, Greenwood filed a lawsuit for them free of charge, Cincinnati judges protect them, and Cincinnati cops defend, and roll out the red carpet for, them.
I wonder if the person under the hood in Hamilton distributing KKK literature was, maybe, Charlie Luken himself?