I can now officially say I have been to Leith, North Dakota.
At the request of some in Grant County (where Leith is found), News and
Views hit the road.
If you haven’t heard, Craig Cobb has started
buying up land and inviting fellow
white extremists to join him in Leith for an all-white conclave.
When I arrived in Leith, I saw the same small-town
America/ small-town North Dakota I grew up in. It’s
the same small-town where people of modest means find a place to call home and
raise their families. To live out their lives in retirement and remind people
of old days when they had a school. A small-town who never wanted attention. A town that, I assume, never had to lock
their doors. And, they wouldn't pull their keys because if their pickup was
gone, their first instinct was someone had to borrow it!
All of that changed
when Craig Cobb moved to town and hung Nazi and Confederate flags.
Now our neighbors in Leith don’t feel safe at
their city council meetings. One town council member told me he takes his
family on the road with him when he works. He is worried about leaving them
home alone. Another council member, married to an African American, said they will
not give up on their home, it is part of their lives and racists are not going
to take it from them. She has the true American spirit.
This could have happened to anyone of us. In
fact, it still can. Leith will need more than your prayers. (Although
prayers are truly welcome.) They need your support. I can attest, it feels good
Here is how you can help: donate to the City of Leith
Legal Defense Fund. Send your check to the Grant County State
Bank, 202 North Main Street, Carson, ND 58529 or
go to www.leithnd.com