“The Klavaliers Ride To A Fall”

One of the works I read and analyzed was by Stetson Kennedy, “The Klavaliers Ride To A Fall”.  

Instantly, with the headline and first paragraph starting out as a kind of novel, it grabbed the reader’s attention (at least that’s what it did with me).   It basically consisted of Kennedy being an undercover journalists for the civil rights movement.  In this article he documented through first person experience, it was about the Klan planning on ambushing a taxi driver who was black.  His name was James Martin and he was seen giving rides for white folks, which back then was against the law.  So, upon witnessing this, the Klan was enraged and decided to take matters into there own hands.  Stetson Kennedy was part of this, though his original plans were to spoil theirs before any kind of harm came.  However, it was not meant to be.  The Klan were cautious of new recruits and kept a stern eye on Kennedy.  Because of it, he was not able to prevent the death of James Martin, who was run over by Randall (head leader of the Klan).  In the end the death was concluded as accidental and no justice was served.

I concluded that Stetson Kennedy’s article is more like a novel being narrated by the main character in first person, and because of it it can also be classified as biased.  He was one of the few witnesses that were there that night, but it’s only through him that we’re even getting the story.  Of course, in this kind of situation that’s expected; a journalists would have to play it by ear.  Plus, it is because of this type of writing that most reader’s attention would not go astray.  How could they when it’s both interesting and informative.

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