Auto Record: Green Kill
By Tyler Starr
North Carolina: Wobble Press, 2013. Edition of 800.
20 pages, 10 panels; 5” x 8.5”, extends out to 50". Double sided accordion. Offset printed on 80# Offset Text paper. Signed by the artist.
Tyler Starr: "'Auto Record' is an earnest attempt to digest thousands of pages of unclassified documents created by the FBI in relation to the controversial incident in North Carolina on November 3rd, 1979, commonly known as the Greensboro Massacre. The accordion book format is used to visualize two processions of vehicles involved in the incident (one side of the booklet is the KKK and associates caravan, while the other depicts vehicles connected to the Communist Workers Party). Information provided includes weapons retrieved from the incident, a schematic of the bullet holes in the Channel 12 news car, and FBI summaries of the 5 individuals killed on that day. Information and imagery is all accurately based on or directly collaged from primary documents."
Wikipedia, 11/19/2020: " The Greensboro massacre is the term for an event which took place on November 3, 1979, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Four members of the Communists Workers Party(CWP) and a protester were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party(ANP) during a 'Death to the Klan' march, organized by the CWP. The event had been preceded by inflammatory rhetoric from both sides. The CWP had originally come to Greensboro to support workers' rights activism among mostly black textile industry workers in the area. The march was a part of that larger effort. The Greensboro city police department had an informant within the KKK and ANP group who notified them that the Klan was prepared for armed violence.
"As the two opposing groups came in contact, at the onset of the march, both sides exchanged gunfire. The CWP and supporters had one or more handguns, while members of the KKK and the ANP were shown in a video taking rifles from their cars. In addition to the five deaths, ten demonstrators and a Klansman were wounded."