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Old 07-18-2019, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Here's an article from Bud Kennedy arguing that it should be saved. Do you think it should be saved? Why or why not? If you think it should be saved, what should we do with the building?
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:38 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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This is one of the very few things I disagree with Bud on.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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It's just a building. It's not like there are murals of the Klan painted on the walls. Tearing it down simply because the Klan met there years ago is ridiculous. It's been used for several other things since then.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:42 AM
 
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As a minority, and a left leaning one. I am ok with it still standing, if it gets put to good use I don't see the issue, unless there is factual concrete evidence of horrid racial crimes that were committed there then yes tear it down.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Mesa
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It's not a particularly architecturally interesting building. Personally, I think the flood control would be more a better use of the land.
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:52 PM
 
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Looking at some pics, I don't see any architectural interest in the building. However, if it's going to be razed and have everyone gripe that they can't afford to build something there, I'd laugh at them.

If it were up to me, I'd use it for a purpose that would give a middle digit to the KKK. Does the NAACP need a building? How about a synagogue?
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:26 PM
 
Location: 78745
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I agree 100% with Dangerous Dave at post 6.. I don't live in Ft Worth, but I do have an opinion and my opinion is I think what we have here might just be a case of opportunity knocking at the front door of the City of Ft. Worth.

Why tear the building down when the city can very easily turn it into a Civil Rights museum. A Civil Rights museum would be sticking it in the face of the KKK members. It would be fipping them the bird, as Dangerous Dave suggested.

If the city plays its cards right, this could turn into a real a cash cow for the city, the county and the entire Metroplex, considering all the tourists that visit DFW nearly evert weekend. That would one more tourist attraction for the toursits to check out and spend their money. That's why I say this very well could be opportunity knocking.
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Old 10-16-2019, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Dallas just opened a world class human rights museum. There’s literally nothing Fort Worth could do to top it, and it would be ridiculous to try. I’ve been to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and it was well done, especially the old Lorraine Motel part. Theres no point in replicating it here.

The Klan is pretty much dead. Or at least there are maybe a handful of members left. There’s literally no one left to “stick it in their face.”

It’s just a building.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Bedford
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Right on. If there's one thing we can't have more of in this area, it's another facility paying tribute to those who fought for civil and human rights. Let's go ahead and tell the people at the Kimbell and Amon Carter that they can shut down too. The DMA has art more than covered. The Bass Hall? Turn it into a drive through bank or a Quik Trip and keep all of the Broadway shows over in Fair Park.


Literally no one left to stick it in their face? Seriously? The Klan itself may no longer have the relevance it once did, but organized racism in this country is alive and well.


You are right about one thing. It is just a building. And it was only a Klan hall for about 8 percent of its 95 years of existence.
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Old 10-16-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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No it needs to go ASAP. No symbol of hate should be allowed in Fort Worth.
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