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Thread #83121   Message #1532160
Posted By: Deckman
31-Jul-05 - 02:46 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Bascomb Lamar Lunsford
Subject: RE: Folklore: Bascomb Lamar Lunsford
Joe Richman,

I appreciate your comments regarding my "linking of the KKK with Christian bigots and Holy rollers." Let me explain why I make that comment:

Both of my late parents were raised in the Pentecostal Church, in Eastern Washington. We're talking of the 1920's and 1930's here. I grew up with many family stories, and I had no reason to not believe them, of the many times that the KKK came to Yakima, Washington and held meetings and crusades. Many of the Pentecostal Preachers brought their entire congregations to attend those meetings. They came from Mabton, Wapato, Tieton, Union Gap, and other small towns.

I suspect there were many different reasons for the attraction to these nightime KKK meetings. Probably the biggest draw was the pure "entertainment" of the event. I'm sure that sounds outrageous, but consider just how boring these small farms town were and just how poor people were. And I'm sure that all the other reasons you could imagine were there also, including horrible racism.

Please know that I do not consider the Pentecostal Church of the 1920's to be the same as it today. I am well steeped in the 1920's beliefs, as both of my grand mothers were Pentecostal preachers, one in English, the other in Finnish.

I hope that these comments clear the air a little. It was not my intent to insult anyone. CHEERS, Bob(deckman)Nelson