Louisville, KY

Racist graffiti investigated

November 09, 2005
The Greenwell Ford Road bridge has been a target for vandals since it opened last spring. But residents and farmers in the close-knit Cedar Grove community said they hadn't seen graffiti like this.
     Near the end of last month, messages threatening blacks and the police were painted on the bridge over the Salt River.
     There was an image of three hooded Klansmen with the words, "The real boys in the hood." An illicit charge at police accompanied a Nazi swastika. A 40-foot-long message using the "n-word" warned blacks not to "let the sun go down on you."
     Common graffiti has been overlooked, but police say the problem has become serious. After looking at a reporter's photographs of the vandalism, Jim McAuliffe, chief deputy to the Bullitt County sheriff, said he would look into the matter as a hate crime.

First black man to buy a house in Ky. community dies

September 29, 2005
Andrew E. Wade IV, who along with his wife, Charlotte, became the first black couple to buy a house in Shively and made national headlines when a bomb exploded beneath it, died Monday.
     He was in his 80s.
     The Wades moved into the home on what was then Rone Court (now Clyde Drive) on May 14, 1954. The house, in an all-white neighborhood, was bought and transferred to the Wades by Carl and Anne Braden, a white couple.
     "It was a dummy purchase because they could not borrow money from the banks," Anne Braden said yesterday.
     The move set off racial tensions around Louisville. After shots were fired into the house, volunteers provided around-the-clock security for the family.

KKK might try to get into parade in Kentucky city

September 21, 2005
It appears the Ku Klux Klan might be surfacing in a local neighborhood this week, just in time for a popular celebration.
     Fairdale is putting on its 75th annual Fairdale Festival this weekend, and there are rumors that the KKK wants to participate in the parade, WLKY NewsChannel 32's Bill Alexander reported Wednesday.
     Literature was found in the area Tuesday, suggesting to readers that they forget about diversity. Organizers of the festival said the KKK missed the deadline to register for the parade, and they added that the rumors are a non-issue. Other than that, they didn't want to talk about a possible KKK appearance, Alexander reported.
     The Fairdale Festival is one of the oldest events of its kind in the state.

State human rights panel defended

August 23, 2005
Beef up its staff and its budget, but don't mess with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.
     That's the message several people had yesterday for Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who is considering revamping the commission.
     "We've studied the proposal, looked at all aspects and we remain vehemently opposed," Raoul Cunningham, president of the Kentucky branch of the NAACP, told a blue ribbon panel appointed to study the commission.
     Fletcher appointed the panel last year after his administration floated the idea of restructuring the commission and replacing its 11 volunteer members with three paid commissioners he would appoint.
     The panel hopes to report to Fletcher in December, said Sharon Fields, one of its members. It is holding 15 public hearings around the state to get people's views.

Three teens charged in graffiti attacks

July 28, 2005
Seeing the big white letters of a swear word spray-painted across her Cardinal-red van yesterday morning shocked Martha Shive.
     Her shock grew when she learned several neighbors in her Hikes Point neighborhood also were victims of vandalism.
     The graffiti included racial slurs, swear words and sexually graphic pictures in black and white spray paint.
     "I was not only mad, but I felt like I was violated," Shive said.

Family claims housing discrimination

July 22, 2005
When Delvin and Corez Logan found a house for rent in the classifieds, they believed it was an answer to their prayers -- until the Logans found out the owner would not rent to them because they are black.
     The Logans and their two children were desperate to move from their crime-filled neighborhood in Louisville. So Delvin wasted no time calling on owner Arthur Moody.
     The house on Bonaventure Boulevard in Okolona, across from an elementary school, seemed like a perfect fit.
     "We were looking for a place where our kids could feel a little bit safer," says Delvin.
     Moody, a former public school principal and teacher, owns ten houses on this block. In April, Logan recorded a phone conversation. It followed a prior conversation he had with Moody.
     Moody: I rent these ten houses and I reserve three for blacks and seven for whites.

KKK fliers placed inside newspaper

April 20, 2005
For at least the sixth time in a year, Ku Klux Klan fliers have been wrapped in copies of a Courier-Journal publication and delivered to homes in a Louisville neighborhood.
     Neither the fliers nor the publication were delivered by the newspaper, said Linda Pursell, vice president of market development for The Courier-Journal.
     The fliers, wrapped Monday in copies of the free publication Velocity, asked people to "save our race" and join the KKK, said Diana Carlin, who lives on Leith Lane in the Bashford Manor area.

OPINION: A 'viciously uncivilized' budget

April 13, 2005
This month, President Bush was widely quoted as telling the nation that "the essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak." If, by weak, the President means the disabled, the ill, the addicted, the impoverished, the uneducated, the elderly and the very young -- the federal budget he proposes for 2006 is a viciously uncivilized one.
     Nearly 70 years ago, the U.S. government gave voice to the nation's duty to protect the weak in the National Housing Act of 1937. That law created the predecessor of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -- the U.S. Housing Authority. With this legislation, the American people were told that the duty of the federal government was to assure decent and sanitary housing for every American.
     Since the mid 1970s, the budget of HUD has decreased by 48 percent, even while the nation's housing has aged and as working people have experienced decreased incomes and increased housing costs. Today, U.S. taxpayers dedicate less than 2 percent of the total federal budget to housing the nation's most vulnerable. We have become, in 30 years, a country less able -- and perhaps less willing -- to protect the weak by providing them decent shelter.
     In the President's 2006 budget proposal, HUD faces a cut of nearly 11.5 percent of its total budget -- from $32.3 billion in fiscal 2005 to a proposed $28.5 billion in 2006.

Fletcher panel aims to better African Amercian's lives

March 02, 2005
Saying he wants to make Kentucky more welcoming to minorities, Gov. Ernie Fletcher yesterday appointed a committee to study ways to improve the lives of African Americans.
     The Minority Action Committee will promote minority tourism and examine ways to encourage African Americans to "earn their living, raise their families and pursue their dreams" in Kentucky, Fletcher said while making the announcement at the Nia Center on West Broadway.
     "We must make sure that America knows that Kentucky is making progress," Fletcher said, "and that our hearts, minds and arms are open to embrace people regardless of race, religion, gender and political beliefs."

KKK fliers are inserted in various newspapers

December 18, 2004
Residents of several Louisville neighborhoods awoke this week to find fliers for the Ku Klux Klan wrapped in various newspapers in their driveways.
     The newspapers included The Courier-Journal, Velocity, the Southeast Outlook and the Highland Commerce Guild Bardstown Road Festival Guide.
     Bernard Faller, who lives in the Mockingbird Garden area, said the fliers bear an application on which "you attest that you are white and not of Jewish ancestry." They also have information opposing gay marriage and "it encourages those who oppose it to join the KKK."

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