• LFOldTimer

    Just curious.

    Was Mr. Fanning a registered Democrat? Since the KKK was founded by the Democratic Party the allegation that Mr. Fanning was a Klanner would carry more weight with me if he was a registered Democrat in the 1800’s or early 1900’s. Otherwise I’m prone to file it in the hyperbole basket.

    Since the KKK was a creation of the Democratic Party – should be remove the names of all Democrats from public buildings?

    Based on a review of his writings, Abraham Lincoln did not have a particularly high opinion of black people and actually condoned slavery in some southern states. So should we tear down all his statutes, remove his name from all schools and turn a blind eye to all the good things he accomplished during his lifetime?

    What proof does the author have that Mr. Fanning was a klanner? None noted in the op-ed. Does he have a picture of Mr. Fanning dressed in a white sheet and cone hat? If so, please post it. Just because some author named Mr. Fanning as a klanner in a book isn’t sufficient for me. Show us the evidence.

    “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    • verifiedsane

      The Dumocratic party wants to selectively erase history….another futile and idiotic attempt to play denial of the reality that they are the party of historic bigotry, racism, and slavery…

      • LFOldTimer

        The 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was approved in 1865 with 100% Republican support but only 23% Democrat support in Congress.

        The 14th Amendment giving full citizenship to freed slaves was approved in 1868 with 94% Republican support but 0% Democrat support in Congress.

        So which has the history for being a Party of Racists?

        CNN and MSNBC won’t tell you. That’s for sure.

    • Mike Rodriguez

      Democrat or Republican, tributes to white supremacy has no place in our schools. Fanning’s name is on a list of KKK members in Orange County from the 1920’s which was discovered by Alexander Nelson, Orange County DA during the 1920’s. This list was so crucial that Ernest Ganahl, founder of Ganahl Lumber, sent it to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where it now resides. the KKK was, and still is today, a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic organization. It’s unbelievable that his name still adorns the wall of a Brea school. It has to go.

      • LFOldTimer

        So it’s said that Fanning’s name is on ONE list from the 1920’s that identified him as a klanner? And based on that Fanning is automatically guilty and should have his name removed from the school?

        Who compiled the list nearly 100 years ago and for what purpose?

        Fanning was quite a prominent and active member of society. Certainly if he was a KKK member there would be more evidence of his predilections than just one list w/ his name on it. Was there any evidence in his personal writings of KKK affiliations or even a philosophy that might tie him to such an organization? Is there any record of credible people identifying Fanning as a klanner?

        It appears Fanning lived past the ripe age of 70. If he was a klan member there must be more evidence other than his name on one isolated list. People generally leave longer trails than that.

        Personally, I would want more evidence than what you’ve offered to have a man’s name removed from a school.

        Let’s be fair and not rush to judgment.

      • Rivett

        “tributes to white supremacy”

        A bas-relief of a burning cross sounds like a tribute to white supremacy, is that anything like what we’re talking about? No? Is your last name a tribute to the white bastards who vanquished the peaceful, beneficent ‘indigenous’ peoples? May I just call you Cuauhtemoc from now on, lest anyone be offended?

        • Rivett

          I’m sorry, I’ve been informed by someone who identifies as having descended from the Tepanec that references to their Aztec oppressors is wholly unacceptable. Back to the drawing board.