This week on the Visu.News podcast Aaron Cynic and I speak with journalist Kit O'Connell about the media's use of language around police violence and shootings. The favored phrases of 'unbiased' news outlets around these incidents are often in a passive tone - not wanting to lay blame on anyone in law enforcement - the same doesn't go for the victims of police violence of course - as they are often described as suspects.
I'm here this week with publisher and author Bill Campbell who has a new graphic novel that's doing some crowd fundraising called The Day the Klan Came to Town. The book is a collaboration with artist Bizhan Khodabandeh and will be published later this year at PM Press (pre-order from PM Press at this link).
In the book - Bill tells the story of the time that the KKK came to Carnegie, Pennsylvania it's as their Kickstarter describes it a "fictionalized, graphic retelling of a KKK riot that occurred in Carnegie, PA in 1923 and the resistance to it."
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy and it truly is an excellent book that any comic book reader or fan of history books will enjoy. Bill Campbell takes an incredible amount of research and information on the KKK and his home town at the time and builds a narrative arc that will keep everyone reading. While the book is a fictionalized retelling of Karnegie Day (yes, the Klan spelled it with a K) it sticks with the facts on the Klan and immigrants of the Pittsburg region. The Klan wasn't just there for African Americans but Catholics, Italians, Armenians and any immigrants that weren't seen as 'white' by them.
But let's jump right into my conversation with Bill Campbell the author of The Day the Klan Came to Town (PM Press 2021)
Find more on Bill Campbell's work at Rosarium Press - http://rosariumpublishing.com
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