When Everything Old Is New Again: Life of a Klansman, pp. 186 – 187

Great progress! Self is now halfway through this absorbing book. The Civil War is over, time to rebuild. Not so fast, say plantation owners near New Orleans.

One day, Paul Fazende is out of his house, walking a field of vegetables and fruit, carrying a gun. Before the war, a man walking his garden did not carry lethal force. Now, some whites wear holsters, and they are angry. Near the strawberries, Fazende encounters a black man, Lew. He is a former slave, and he is foraging. Fazende does not like trespassers. He lifts his gun and shoots Lew. Fazende tells a judge he thinks Lew “was stealing my watermelons.”

A government agent files a report that says Paul Fazende is “in the habit” of shooting at blacks who come near his house. Lew, the foraging man, is hit and wounded, but he will recover. It is assault with intent to kill, perhaps, but the referee in the case, a Justice Nandain, who is white (there are no black judges), does not jail Paul Fazende for attempted murder. He jails Lew for attempted theft.

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