The Facts Behind the Story
This website is dedicated to finding out if the pen is mightier than the sword...
"We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world and I guess that has to be me."
—from Dylann Roof's manifesto
..."no real KKK?" Why would the white supremacist responsible for the Charleston church shooting make such a statement? Well, according to Professor Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, "by 1924, [the Ku Klux Klan] had four million members." AND NOW...
"Today, the [Southern Poverty Law] Center estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different — and often warring — organizations that use the Klan name."
...from a few million to a few thousand in less than a century — and withOUT politically correct censorship or a Stalinistic insurrection...How...?
According to historians, an activist/journalist who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, Stetson Kennedy (1916 — 2011), tag-teamed with DC Comics to produce "Clan of the Fiery Cross" — a story arc during the Superman radio serial — and it literally crippled the KKK; recruitment plummeted and the masses mocked them as never before after the story's premiere in June of 1946...!
- History student video (10 minutes)
- American Heroes Channel video (episode excerpt, 80 seconds)
- First episode of the Clan of the Fiery Cross story arc (15 minutes, story starts at 2:05)
- Mental Floss article (very short)
- Badass Digest article (more in-depth)
- Superman Homepage article (mostly a summary and review of the story arc)
- Dangerous Minds article (medium length)
...and then there's the book Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt, which calls Stetson Kennedy "the greatest single contributor to the weakening of the Ku Klux Klan."
"What a Difference a Shade Makes" — the highly acclaimed short story by Saab Lofton ("the Tiger Woods of Science Fiction," according to Professor Sam E. Anderson, author of Black Holocaust for Beginners)...
"I read and liked 'What a Difference a Shade Makes.' Good political and historical context."
—Professor Peter Bohmer, Evergreen College, Olympia, Washington
...can finish what that 1946 radio serial started and defeat white supremacy once and for all...IF...IF "What a Difference a Shade Makes" is read by how many ever white Americans listened to "Clan of the Fiery Cross" (at least one million), so take the Lofton Challenge! Post this website at every opportunity and tell everyone to spread it around — peace in our time just might be possible...
"What artists do is lend a kind of spiritual element to reality that enhances the truth, which gives it an intensity that a simple matter of recounting facts will NOT accomplish."
—Professor Howard Zinn (paraphrased from a November 2003 interview)
"That's called exposure, and with enough of it, we can change the world."
—Huey Freeman, from The Boondocks episode, "The Hunger Strike"
...if the African-American version of the Religious Right — the Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan — can get one million black American men to stand around on a Monday and do absolutely nothing...if the Bush Administration can slaughter one million Iraqis because of an oil-stealing lie...
...then surely, Saab Lofton can get one million white Americans (male and female) to read an inspiring and enlightening short story about the greatest hero of all time...
"It's very hard for me to be silly about Superman because I've seen firsthand how he actually transforms people's lives. I've seen children dying of brain tumors who wanted as their last request to talk to me and have gone to their graves with a peace brought on by knowing that their belief in this kind of character is intact. I've seen that Superman really matters. It's not Superman the tongue-in-cheek cartoon character they're connecting with. They're connecting with something very basic: The ability to overcome obstacles; the ability to persevere."
—Christopher Reeve (1952 - 2004), Time Magazine
"Footage of WWII soldiers poring over comic books in the field sums up the morale-boosting importance of the tales at the time... Superheroes, it turns out, represent 'our better angels.' Who would dare argue? When news photos capture kids in Superman costumes in the middle of the Arab Spring, the profound and enduring effect of these creations is undeniable."
—Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post, October 11th, 2013
...Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.