Friday, July 22, 2011

KKK targets black pastor for supporting white sheriff candidate in Mississippi

[ SOURCE ] A black Mississippi pastor says his home was peppered with gunshots in a racist '60s flashback over his support of a white candidate for sheriff.

"People lived and died for our right to vote, and now I can't support the candidate of my choice without being terrorized?" the Rev. Willie Jones said to the Jackson Clarion Ledger.

Hours after Jones joined candidate John Goza at a Democratic Party fund-raiser, he found his front window and big-screen TV damaged by the shots - along with pockmarks on his home's brick interior.

"We could have been killed," said Jones, a pastor for the last 40 years.

Goza, who is challenging incumbent Sheriff Harold Jones, had his campaign signs sprayed with racist graffiti. "KKK" was scrawled across three of his signs - all near Jones' home.

"It's 2011," Goza told the Clarion Journal. "I would have thought we would have moved beyond threats and fear tactics."

Authorities believe the shooting and the vandalism are likely related. No arrests were yet made in the Wednesday incidents.

The Mississippi FBI said it was willing to assist in the probe, while the NAACP is encouraging local officials to treat the incidents as hate crimes.

"This is cowardly and inexcusable," Jones said. "Nobody has come to complain to me, but then they resort to this."

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

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