Arguing that “if you want to talk about hate, get a hater,” Jimmy Simmons, the brave head of a Wyoming NAACP branch, spent months negotiating a meeting with a Klan organizer after black men started getting beat up when they went out in public with white women. The meeting went about as expected: KKKer John Abarr said he likes wearing robes like an outlaw and they're kinder and gentler now and anyway what violence? And skeptical NAACP leaders wanting to believe "you have good will towards all people" tried to get through a wall of denial too old and high to be penetrated in one well-meaning meeting. MLK's long moral arc: maybe next time.
“It’s obvious you don’t know the history of your organization. It’s obvious to me that you’re not going out and talking about the good — you’re not talking about inclusion, you’re talking about exclusion. And it’s obvious to me you don’t know what you are." - Simmons