Greensboro Justice Fund, Inc.
Former Nazi repents involvement in
Last night a video statement by former
He states now that he had hesitations at the time and was impelled to go by Nazi leader Harold Covington. In discussion with
On videotapes of the violence of that November morning, Mr. Wood is seen calmly taking his shotgun from the trunk of Nazi Jack Fowler's blue Fairlane and shooting at unarmed demonstrators. No police were present to protect the unsuspecting demonstrators, despite the fact that the caravan of KKK and Nazis was organized and led by a paid Greensboro Police Department informant who had been given a copy of the map of the march route by the Police. With a police car trailing Wood and his fellows,
The victims of the Massacre are grateful to Mr. Wood for finally, after 26 years, being willing to tell what he knows. We are gratified that he is willing to testify to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation and hope that he does shed himself of all the secrets that have been his over the years. It is only through truth that we will be able to find some sense of closure with this horrific affair.
Mr. Wood also asks for forgiveness from the victims. Granting that is an individual, private affair for those who lost their loved ones and still carry the physical and emotional scars of that day. Honestly, it is neither easy nor assured, but we suspect the process might help some in healing those affected.
This episode highlights the manifold benefits of the Truth and Reconciliation process that has proceeded undeterred by the repudiation of City fathers both present and past.
Mr. Woods' efforts at truth and reconciliation also place in sharp relief the relentless resistance to full disclosure by police, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, textile mill executives and security, and prosecutors. They have continued to maintain, in the face of almost universal evidence to the contrary, that this was a "shootout" by nefarious hate groups; that officials were not involved and did not cover up.
We hope that this, the 26th Anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre, will be a turning point for all those with dirty secrets about the day, a time when decisions are made, like Mr. Wood's, finally to seek Truth and Reconciliation.