Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Ku Klux Klan

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Vietnamese refugees living and working in the Gulf Coast region fight against threatening and terrorizing tactics by the Ku Klux Klan.

Special thanks to David Weinberg of JuryGroup for creating the slide presentation that accompanies the script.

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Q: What was it about the March 15th boat ride that made you feel intimidated and afraid to go fishing on May 15?
A: On the boat have a lot of weapons on there, including automatic rifle weapon. . . . I think that, because they burn the Vietnamese boat. They say USS VIET CONG. They would light the boat and hang the man. We know that.
Q: What was it specifically that the Ku Klux Klan did that caused you to be intimidated?
A: They give the 90 days to the government.
Q: Ninety days for what?
A: To the government to resolve the problem. If after 90 day, May 15, the government cannot relocate the people from there to resolve the problem, the KKK will take action against us.
Q: Okay. You understood them to say they were taking action against you, meaning you and the Vietnamese?
A: Vietnamese, yes.
Q: I think you mentioned the boat burning, the USS VIET CONG.
A: The Klan show how to burn the boat. They make us feel worry. We worry, all the Vietnamese fishermen that have their boat. They afraid who will burn their boat. And so they feel intimidated. . . . If you’re in our position, you afraid, too, sir.


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