Facing the truth will set you free:
The rise and fall of the KKK in North Carolina in the Sixties is the subject of a new documentary, called Klansville USA, that is airing nationally at 9 pm. on PBS’ The American Experience. The history of the civil rights movement in the state, with the sit-ins at the Woolworth’s in Greensboro, is well known. The white backlash against the freedom movement has largely been swept under the rug.
Which is why Callie Wiser, a noted documentary maker for PBS, took on the subject. A Tennessee native, Wiser was a Morehead scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband.
Unfortunately, the "fall" wasn't complete. The Klan still exists in North Carolina, in numbers hard to quantify, and its maybe not-so-distant cousin (the Tea Party) is actually a political force, that has enjoyed mixed successes in their ability to influence politicians and the public policy they determine. It might be hard to watch for many reading this, but it's important. 9:00 p.m.