Posted on August 5, 2020 at 1:14 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Many of us are experiencing a moment of reckoning, when it comes to our ancestors’ role in racial divisions — and our own.
For writer Edward Ball, that process began with the man his aunt referred to as “our Klansman.”
As Ball tells NPR, there was even a time in his memory that the family took pride in that man, one of Ball’s great-great-grandfathers, though this was changing even during Ball’s youth.
That man is now a subject — not the sole one — of a book called Life of a Klansman.
In it, Ball tells the story of Constant Lecorgne, but also of the terror he and fellow Klansmen inflicted on the Black community in Louisiana.
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