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'Life Of A Klansmen' | Royals Pandemic Baseball

Three Ku Klux Klan members standing beside an automobile driven by Klan members at a Ku Klux Klan parade through counties in Northern Virginia bordering on the District of Columbia.
National Photo Company Collection
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Ku Klux Klan members in Northern Virginia in 1922.

One author chronicles his ancestor's militant anti-Black legacy, and how the Kansas City Royals have adapted to pandemic challenges.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:00: "A Family History in White Supremacy"

Edward Ball began writing his latest book about the racist history in his family following the Charleston church massacre in 2015. The story has particular resonance to "the social arrangements that we experience today," he said, which are a direct consequence of generations of violence against African Americans.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:35: Updates from the owner on pandemic plans, on-the-field results and a new team stakeholder.

If weeks of negotiations weren't sign enough, Kansas City Royals owner John Sherman has now confirmed that conducting a professional baseball season during a pandemic is a complicated affair. "Our players recognize this is about mutual trust and accountability," he said, "this is about taking care of your teammates and your families."

  • John Sherman, entrepreneur, owner of the Kansas City Royals and financial supporter of KCUR
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