This weekend we finally had the time to watch the movie The Butler. We have wanted to watch this since it came out and had not had the time. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth the watch. Lots of great history. We didn’t know how Papaw would like it but he watched the entire thing. Not to give the movie away, but at one point they show a Klu Klux Klan group and a burning cross. Papaw say, “My dad used to do that. He had that tall white hat. I was so afraid of that. I never did figure out why he wanted to be apart of that.”
Papaw had never said anything about his father being a part of the KKK. I think he was ashamed of what his father did. I have always know that Papaw was taught to hate black people but we have them in our home and he has always been more than respectful to all of them. I think we all have parts of our past that we are ashamed of and wished had turned out different. I believe that is what Papaw was saying this weekend. I’m just glad I have Jesus who has forgiven all of what I am ashamed of in my past.