I’ve taken an excerpt from a certain person’s Wikipedia article and removed his name.
Can you guess who it is? (Answer below)
_____ earned a law degree from Washburn University in 1962, and founded the _____ Chartered law firm in 1964. The first notable cases were of a civil rights nature. “I systematically brought down the Jim Crow laws of this town,” he says. _____’s daughter was quoted as saying, “We took on the Jim Crow establishment, and Kansas did not take that sitting down. They used to shoot our car windows out, screaming we were nigger lovers,” and that the _____ law firm made up one-third of the state’s federal docket of civil-rights cases.
_____ took cases on behalf of African American clients alleging discrimination by school systems, and a predominately black American Legion post which had been raided by police, alleging racially-based police abuse. _____’s law firm obtained settlements for some clients. _____ also sued then-President Ronald Reagan over Reagan’s appointment of a U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, alleging this violated separation of church and state. The case was dismissed by the U.S. district court. _____’s law firm, staffed by himself and family members also represented non-white Kansans in discrimination actions against Kansas Power and Light, Southwestern Bell, and the Topeka City Attorney, and represented two female professors alleging discrimination in Kansas universities.
In the 1980s _____ received awards from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Blacks in Government and the Bonner Springs branch of the NAACP for his work on behalf of black clients.
Click here for the full article on Fred Phelps.
It’s amazing how a person can go from fighting for an admirable cause to… well… something far away from that.
His son, an atheist, has a lot to say about him as well in a really incredible interview. The writer, Trevor Melanson, met Nate Phelps coincidentally in Canada:
… It is little wonder that Louis Theroux’s BBC documentary on the Phelps’ was titled The Most Hated Family in America.
Incidentally, it was when I mentioned this documentary that Nate introduced himself to me.
It was a Monday in September and I was on my way to the Cranbrook Airport. Cranbrook, a modest city of about 25,000, hides in BC’s Kootenays. It rests behind a shroud of mountains, clean air, and restful silence.
I began a conversation with my cab driver, who looked to be in his late forties, with a trimmed beard and kind eyes. He told me that he once owned a chain of print shops with his brother, that he liked the BBC, and that Pastor Fred Phelps was his father — only after I had mentioned [Westboro Baptist Church], unaware. Following this coincidence, he agreed to an interview.
(via The Pitch)