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the cops were the good guys in this one, here to protect him from the bad guys in white. It was a tough sell. A radio crackled from somewhere nearby. “Here they come,” it said. 326 lewis shiner • Charles led the way around the south end barricades to stand on the ballpark side of the street. The noise from inside American Tobacco seemed weirdly loud as the police went rigid with anticipation and the silent crowd looked north. “There,” a voice said, and then Michael saw it too, a moving wall of white like the glaciers Michael had seen in nature fi lms, sliding unstoppably out of the valley of downtown Durham and crumbling into individual robed fi gures. Like glaciers, the Klan and its spinoff groups were something he’d only seen in movies and tv. Between the cops in their Darth Vader suits and the Night Riders in their sheets, Michael felt like he was trapped in a Halloween nightmare. “God Almighty,” Charles said. The robed fi gures kept coming and coming. As the police moved the barricades aside at the north end of the
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