How do you respond to KKK threats? If you’re this man, with a letter reading ‘Kiss My Ass’!
It seems not everyone is scared of the Klan.
In 1970, Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley reopened a case about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
The bombing, a racially-charged terrorist attack that resulted in the death of four black children, contributed heavily to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Alabama Klansmen protested Baxley’s dedication to the case. In 1976, Edward R. Fields, the Grand Dragon of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, sent Baxley a hostile letter accusing the attorney general of harassing patriots.
It’s safe to say that Baxley’s response was not what the Grand Dragon expected.
Typed on official letterhead and addressed to “Dr. Fields”, Baxley’s response was one simple sentence:
“My response to your letter of February 19, 1976 is—Kiss my ass.”
The following year, Baxley’s work led to the conviction of Klan member Robert “Dynamite Bob” Chambliss, who served the rest of his life in prison.
Baxley currently works as an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.