Few folks today remember that the KKK was big in Santa Ana back in the late 1800’s. But they were – in fact a fellow named Dr. Henry William Head lived in Santa Ana, where he served as the leader of the Santa Ana KKK, according to the OC Weekly. But they didn’t wear the usual Klan clothing or even call themselves Klansmen because they were ordered to abandon those ways – so they wouldn’t get caught.
Years later the heritage of these haters lives on. Today we call them Santa Ana’s Usual Suspects – and they gathered at a “rally” tonight, at 6 pm, at the home of XXXXX XXX, at XXX N. Heliotrope, to complain about the Chivas USA, a soccer team in Los Angeles that is very unlikely to move here to Santa Ana.
Why would the Chivas USA move here when they have a first-class arena in Carson?
That isn’t stopping the Usual Suspects however from ranting and raving. Here is what they had to say on their latest flyer: the proposed Chivas soccer stadium will threaten “their way of life.”
Note the use of the phrase “way of life.” That my friends is 100% Klan-speak! And they are advertising a “Rally!” Again – 100% Klan-speak! Click here for hundreds of examples of the phrase “Klan Rally.”
Check out these excerpts, with sources noted, of Klansmen of old referring to their “way of life:”
- Because the Klan leaders wholeheartedly embraced the agenda touting political and social reasons for organizing, the underlying ethos motivating their movement in Cañon City was the preservation of their Protestant beliefs and way of life. (Canon City Public Library)
- African-Americans were no longer the sole focus of the Klan’s message of hate on Long Island, because black citizens comprised only 2 percent of the population. Catholics and foreign-born Americans were a much more visible target. By 1920, foreign-born residents had grown to 20 percent of the population. In Nassau, the number had increased in two decades from 11,004 to 25,998. In Suffolk, the figure rose from 14,650 to 23,888. These new immigrants constituted “the greatest threat to the American way of life,” the Klan claimed. (Brookhaven Hamlets)
- These sources make it clear that the “Southern way of life” that was being fought for was the way of slavery. (They Called Themselves the KKK)
- [I]n the last thirty years Communism began to grow in America. It has set up fronts such as the N.A.A.C.P and other Jewish controlled organizations as peddlers to create hate and brainwash the minds of the American people [to]. . . just about destroy our Christian faith, our freedom of rights, and the American Way of Life. (Alabama Dept. of Archives and History)
Let’s face it – these haters are bashing the Chivas USA because their real issue is Mexicans. It always has been. If anything these folks have become even more inflamed since Mexican Americans took over the Santa Ana City Council (with the exception that Council Member Vince Sarmiento is of South American heritage).
I hope the proposed Chivas USA stadium DOES get built at Willowick Golf Course. It probably won’t, but if it did it would be a huge economic boon to our city and a source of immense civic pride – except for those who are carrying on the ways of Dr. Head and his good old boys…
UPDATE: The woman who hosted the anti-soccer Klan of Usual Suspects meeting called the FBI and the SAPD today to complain that we had posted her name and address – even though that information appeared on the flier for the event that was widely distributed. The SAPD asked me to consider taking the info down and I did – although it is still up on the website of the haters in question, which you can read by clicking here.