Ever more so than before, words of our leaders, our media, political opponents and our own words matter.
So, when I witness the country seeming to come apart, I look to words of those who want radical change.
One of those individuals is people such as David Duke.
Wait, don’t say it. I think I know what you’re thinking.
How did a guy from New Orleans, whose family did not seem to possess any known or public anger against minorities become such a vehement white supremacist and international critic of Jewish people and the State of Israel?
The first time I encountered David Duke was in college. He had begun to make a name for himself on the LSU campus, taking part in its free-speech alley. I was a student at the University of New Orleans and one night, he spoke to an auditorium-packed room on campus. I was personally very impressed with his intelligence, his oratory skills, but very concerned about what I considered to be his outlandish views on race and religion.
David Duke has certainly become a household name in the United States and in some respects, worldwide.
He is an integral part of an angry moment in Louisiana and America’s history.
So, who is he? How did he become such a virulent white supremacist and anti-Semite? What do we know about him that might be helpful to understand others who peddle in the far-right wing (or even far-left) swirl?
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Tour across north Louisiana left equal parts outrage and head-scratching over the action by the mayors of the area’s central cities.
Louisiana is rich in natural resources and super rich in opportunities for all of us to laugh at our political figures as they deal with the issues before them.
Twenty-six years ago this week, perhaps the most consequential and controversial election in the nation’s history took place here in the Bayou State. Edwin Edwards and David Duke squared off in a run-off election for Governor. Not only were voters across the nation fascinated by what was taking place down in the deepest of the deep Southern states. There was worldwide interest in a showdown between a controversial former Governor and the former head of the Ku Klux Klan.