When the KKK Marched on my High School – Assemblywoman Mitchell

July 13, 2012

At the age of fifteen, Holly and friends are horrified when their high school was invaded by hundreds of Ku Klun Klan members who terrorized the campus on motorcycles. Watching her mother step up to the plate, Holly found her own social consciousness.

When I was a fifteen-year-old African-American teenager in the 1980s, I believed that I was a direct beneficiary of our mothers' and grandmothers' hard-won political and social accomplishments. I found comfort in the convenient assumption that the rights I enjoyed would be the rights that I would always have—until the day the Ku Klux Klan appeared on my high school campus in Riverside County.

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