The Untold Story of the Greensboro Massacre

Authors

  • Carolyn Kazdin
  • Michael Parenti

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-033-06-1981-10_4

Keywords:

History, Political Economy, Inequality

Abstract

On November 3, 1979, a group of Klansmen and Nazis killed five Communist Workers Party leaders at an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, N.C., and a year later those charged with the murders were acquitted. Four elements were necessary to carry out the massacre: (1) gunmen, (2) weapons, (3) information about the rally, and (4) effective organization and ambush tactics. Government agents helped provide all four. Indeed, had it not been for their efforts, the ambush could not have occurred. This is the neglected part of the Greensboro story: the role played by agents of the law both in the killings and the subsequent acquittals of those charged with the attack.

Published

1981-11-04

Issue

Section

Articles