Tuesday, December 13, 2005

GTRC Meets with Roland Wayne Wood

Last Wednesday, Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners and Staff met with Roland Wayne Wood, former Nazi and Klan member and one of the shooters in the events of November 3, 1979. During the interview, Wood expressed regret about having participated in the shootings and apologized to the widows of those who died that day. He plans to meet with at least one of those widows and family members soon. We believe that the intiative Wood took to express this regret represents the potential the truth and reconciliation process has to lead this community towards healing.

This interview was just one of many we are busy conducting this month in order to finalize our statement taking process soon. Please let us know if you or someone you know has information to share with us in either a verbal or written statement.

posted by Jill Williams, exec. dir.

2 Comments:

Anonymous John Young said...

It is great that you had an interview with Roland Wayne Wood and that he is continuing the valuable path of expressing regret and apologizing for Nov. 3rd.

Will the statement/interview of Roland Wayne Wood be posted on your Blog in a few weeks to make it available to the public?

Did he discuss his reaction to the events at China Grove?

Did he answer specific questions about pre-planning or collaboration with anyone concerning Nov. 3rd?

Did he indicate that the Klan/Nazis came with no specific plan but events quickly escalated to the extreme violence of Nov. 3rd.?

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

John,
Thanks for your questions. Unfortunately, Mr. Wood has not given us permission to share the contents of his statement until after the Commission's final report is issued. We are only transcribing and posting statements from the public hearings. Hopefully, Mr. Wood will allow his interview to be included in the public archives of the Commission's collected research at the end of this process. That is how most of the statements we have received will be made public. Thanks again for your questions. Sorry I can't answer them at this time.

9:36 AM  

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