LOL WTF!!?? - Population of Denton 1636 Whites 1610 Blacks 2 Other 24....“We welcome anyone here in this town,” said Chief Hicks...yeah, you just can't leave if your colored LMAO
“I was told I couldn’t go because they didn’t want any black athletes in
Denton,” said James Brody, an African American wrestler from Hudson.
Brody’s been thrown in the ring, thrown out of the ring, but he’s never been thrown out of a bout because of his race.
“I was pretty angry at first but, you know, I prayed about it and
thought about it and I thought they don't want me there that's their
loss not mine,” said Brody.
Wrestlers said the promoter gathered them a few days before the match in
the dressing room and told them, “More or less any black wrestlers and
even black fans weren't welcome in the show,” said Chris Rogers, who
wrestles with his brother from Monroe.
“You could have cut the tension in the locker room with a knife because
we felt like why are we even here to put on a show for these people if
we can't have our brothers of another race or nationality,” said
David Ridenhour, a Lutheran pastor who plays the role of a “mafia”
wrestling manager under the name “Giovani Fino,” says the promoter told
them he had tried to report the text warning to law enforcement.
“I was told they contacted police and they said, ‘You’d better pay attention. Those boys mean business,’” said Ridenhour.
“We haven’t received a complaint,” said Denton Police Chief Mark Hicks.
“If we knew anything about the event we would have had an officer there.
I have never heard of that group.”
Denton is a town of 1,636 residents east of Salisbury and High Rock Lake
in Davidson County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town has
1,610 residents identified as “white” compared to “black or African
“Tell them I said, ‘Shut the hell up and leave it alone,’” said the
promoter, who asked that his name not be used. “I was warned by a text
message from an unknown number,” said the promoter.
He quoted the text message as saying, “Do not bring no blacks into Denton. You have been warned. The White Knights.”
“I think it’s a terrible mistake to cave in to these kinds of apparent
threats,” said Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law
Center, which monitors the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist
Potok said the SPLC knows of 28 active Klan groups, including five with
the name “White Knights,” but none of those are in the Carolinas.
“The rest of the radical right very much looks down its noses at the Klan,” said Potok.
If you’re unfamiliar with the long and storied tradition of wrestling
(pronounced ‘rasslin’) in the southern U.S., it carries a rich cast of
characters, many based on crude racial or ethnic stereotypes.
This ain’t the Olympics. In the midst of an oil embargo, expect an Arab
sheik. In the first gulf war, an Iraqi. At a recent match in Lexington,
a “Mexican” wrestler waved the Mexican flag and grunted rudimentary
At the Lexington match staged outside between thunderstorms at Tumble
Tots gym, a white wrestler wearing a prominent confederate flag on his
t-shirt fights a shirtless black wrestler. This night, the white guy
wins and the two exit the ring arm in arm. Better luck next week.
The show went on in Denton but Pastor Ridenhour quoted the promoter as
saying, “’Well we’re going to go along with it and just not come back to
Neither Denton Mayor Scott Morris nor Town Manager Victor Pizzurro nor
Police Chief Mark Hicks would speak on camera about the wrestling match,
saying they had received no formal complaint.
Pizzurro only recently joined the town of Denton as manager. He asked
NewsChannel 36 how to pitch the town for more positive stories to
In: Regional News, WTF
Tags: Wrestling, promoter, black, wrestlers, fans, stay, away, KKK, threat
Location: Denton, North Carolina, United States (load item map)
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