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The Truth About the Greensboro Massacre: A Reply to Mr. Watson's Harper's Article

Date: 1980

Author: Signe Waller

Biographical/Historical abstract: Signe Waller, a former professor at Bennett College, was a member of the Workers Viewpoint Organization, later the Community Workers Party, in the seventies. She is the widow of Jim Waller, murdered on November 3, 1979, at the Death to the Klan march in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Additional contributor: Robert W. Watson

Description: Ten page letter from Signe Waller in response to Robert Watson's essay "Media Martyrdom", published in the March 1980 issue of Harper's, about the murder of five Communist Worker's Party members at the Death to the Klan rally, on November 3, 1979, in Greensboro, North Carolina. An excerpt of the essay was published on February 11, 1980, in the Greensboro News & Record. Waller points out errors in Watson's account of the November 3 event, including his oversight of the police department's knowledge of the rally's details and their paid informant's involvement. She attacks his assertion that the Communist Worker's Party was a little known, isolated group in Greensboro that had accomplished little by pointing to their work within Cone Mills and other areas, and mentioning that many of their events had been reported on by the local media. She also questions his assumption that the Communist Workers Party was an all-white led organization, and that they duped blacks into fighting against the Klan. This letter was published on March 30, 1980 in the Greensboro News & Record, and a clipping is available in this collection.


Format of original: Correspondence

Collection: Robert W. Watson Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.60.721

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