Understatement of the Day

Published:October 16, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

From a letter, dated August 17, 1926, from College of William and Mary president J. A. C. Chandler to Douglas Southall Freeman, on the subject of the Ku Klux Klan:

 I am afraid that these citizens sometimes do not take the right attitude towards others.

The context for this particular exchange—an impending visit to the College by 5,000 klansmen, including the Imperial Wizard himself—can be found here.

IMAGE: Ku Klux Klan members parade on Grace Street in Richmond, circa 1925 (Valentine Richmond History Center)