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Texas town struggles to shake 'racist reputation'

David Edwards
Published: Tuesday December 12, 2006
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While covering a new poll which shows that most Americans see continuing racism in the nation -- though mostly in others -- CNN reported on a small Texas town that is trying to shed its longtime infamous reputation as a place that African-Americans shouldn't visit after sundown.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, "The Knights of the White Camellia, a Texas Klan group led by Charles Lee, along with the Texas chapter of Thom Robb's Knights of the KKK, has been linked to a number of incidents of racial intimidation and harassment in Vidor, Texas."

But Vidor officials tell CNN that its "racist reputation" was unfair.

"The vast majority of our residents aren't racists," said one town official.

"Most Americans, white and black, see racism as a lingering problem in the United States, and many say they know people who are racist, according to a new poll," CNN reported. "But few Americans of either race -- about one out of eight -- consider themselves racist."

One Vidor resident interviewed by CNN said that she "didn't mind being friends with" African-Americans, but that she drew the line at "mingling" or "eating with them."

Clip from CNN report on the "Sundown town":