Court documents in The Bahamas now reveal that Louis Moore Bacon’s use of his Hedge Fund billions to attack The Bahamas press and numerous Bahamian journalists, was designed, not only to stop them disclosing to the world that his genealogy is rooted in the Ku Klux Klan (“KKK”), but that as recently as 2013, he continued to show pride in his racist ancestry, and actually considers himself to be a chip of that racist block.
Bacon’s middle name, “Moore”, is actually the family name of his maternal ancestry going back prior to the 1865 abolition of slavery in the USA which came with the country’s adoption of the 13th amendment of its Constitution.
In 1865, the patriarch of Bacon’s maternal family tree was his infamously racist and terroristic maternal great grandfather, Colonel Roger Moore of the 3rd North Carolina Calvary of the 41st Regiment of the Confederate Army of “the South”.
Colonel Moore’s granddaughter, Bacon’s mother, was Ann Kidder Moore Bacon, the youngest of three daughters of the November 30th, 1916 marriage of Louis Toomer Moore and Florence Hill Kidder Moore. Louis Toomer Moore was the youngest son of the May 3rd, 1871 marriage of Colonel Moore and Susan Eugenia Berry Moore.
Immediately following the defeat of the Confederate Army that was forced to surrender to President Abraham Lincoln’s Union Army, Colonel Moore, after taking the secret oath of the KKK, founded its Wilmington, North Carolina division and was installed as Grand Dragon.
Colonel Moore was also a leader of the white supremacist paramilitary group of the Democratic Party of the South called the “Redshirts”, known to have played prominent roles in intimidating Black voters across the South.
Colonel Moore remained the Grand Dragon of the KKK right up to his death in 1900. His last KKK terroristic conspiracy before his death, was seen with his key leadership role in the 1898 Wilmington Race Massacre.
During that 1898 campaign, which marked the only time in the long democratic history of the USA that a coup d’état had occurred, hundreds of former Black slaves were murdered simply because they had “voted” in a municipal election against the wishes of Colonel Moore and his white supremacist cohorts of the Democratic Party who had lost that election.
Colonel Moore and his murderous band of white supremacists, targeted Black businesses and Black leaders of the day, especially North Carolina’s only Black-owned newspaper, the “Daily Record”.
The editorials of that newspaper had been encouraging the Black majority of that City to exercise their new found constitutional power of “the vote”, to show their disapproval of the overt bitterness and contempt the White minority in Wilmington displayed against the Blacks, and to condemn the continuing tyrannical activities of white supremacists, even in the wake of the defeat of the Confederacy.
The right of former Black slaves to vote, ushered in with the dishonorable surrender of the Confederate Army in 1865, so infuriated white supremacists of the South like Colonel Moore, that they vowed to never allow it to ever be forgiven or forgotten.
That view was immortalized in the reprehensible racists novel, “Gone with the Wind”, which Bacon declared to be his “Holy Book” while proudly defending his racist North Carolina roots in an acceptance speech at the 2013 Gala Dinner Award ceremony of the Audubon Society in New York City. Bacon was being honored for the lie has been telling about having led the 1999-2004 grassroots movement in The Bahamas to save African slave ruins on the 208-acre Whylly Plantation found at Clifton Point bounded to the northeast by the Bay of Clifton in The Bahamas.
Colonel Moore’s disdain for the Black media in Wilmington and its Black people who dared to exercise their fundamental rights to vote, has found its way in The Bahamas at the hands of his great grandson, Louis Moore Bacon’s, a self-described “white foreign outsider” in a country of which more than 95% of its people are of African extract.
This attitude toward the media and against the propagation of the truth in exposing the evil of racial hatred and violence, was clearly the tactic of Bacon’s great grandfather and his KKK murderous cohorts.
As ridiculously unbelievable as it may seem for members and supporters of the KKK to assert that Black people are lower than four-legged creatures and intellectually incapable of rational thought, during the last few years, we see Bacon not respecting the intellectual prowess and tenacity of Bahamians to truly uncover who he is.
Bacon’s legal action against so many Bahamians since 2010, show his character to be nothing more than the precipitous abominable behavior of his KKK ancestors that led to the murder of thousands of Black people in the USA between the 1865 abolition of slavery in that country and the 1954 landmark United States Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which overturned the 1896 case of Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson that allowed for state-sponsored segregation.
Additionally, Bacon’s preemptive strike through countless legal actions while attempting to re-write our history, thereby scour the heritage and culture of The Bahamas, is tantamount to saying that Black people in The Bahamas don’t even have the right to know who they are, and who has come amongst them trying to inculcate unacceptable principles to our collective psyche. Matters are made worse when this is done at the same time when he openly and proudly uphold the character of his great grandfather which is known to be imbued with violent racism and the belief in the supremacy of the White man, just because of his complexion and race.
After he thrust himself on to our public stage in The Bahamas with bogus claims of leading a 1999-2004 grassroots movement in The Bahamas that focused on socio-political issues and our African heritage, Bacon used his enormous wealth as a sword to intimidate or destroy any and all who dared to speak truth to power by exposing who he was.
Since 2010, Bacon has perversely honored his KKK-Moore heritage in The Bahamas by putting Colonel Moore’s reprehensible name on a Bahamas-based charity founded and funded by him which he calls “Moore Bahamas Foundation”.
An affiliate of his USA-based “Moore Charitable Foundation”, the Moore Bahamas Foundation has recently been doling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting Bahamians and their communities, in the wake of the disastrous October 2015 Hurricane Joaquin.
While we, as a people, must be grateful to any and all whose heart are pure in giving, we must not forget that acts which resemble altruism, could nonetheless be a Trojan horse of deep-rooted deceit to get us to unwittingly accept the unacceptable. Our Holy Book reminds us in the 14th verse of Chapter 11 of second book of Corinthians, that “…even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”.
Bacon exposed himself as an unrepentant racist when, in a Foreword he wrote for the 2001 publication of a book called “Wilmington Through the Lens of Louis T Moore”, authored by Susan Taylor Block, he adopted Colonel Moore’s racist character and views when he said “…my grandfather [Louis T. Moore, the son of KKK leader, Colonel Roger Moore], imbued me…through his genes, with the valued importance of roots and history…I am proud to carry his name…”.
While the 2015/2016 Holiday edition of Vanity Fair attributes to Bacon a denial of his knowledge of his great grandfather, Colonel Moore, being “…a Klansman…”, the article suggests that Bacon also denies that Colonel Moore is his great grandfather, but instead is an “…ancestor…who stood down an angry mob to protect black prisoners from being lynched during the Wilmington, North Carolina, race riot of 1898.”.
However, Bacon’s attempts to distance himself from his lineal connection to his Klansman-great grandfather, was dashed by none other than himself when wrote in that said Foreword of Susan Block’s book, that his grandfather’s “…ingrained passion was inspired by his own family legacy: his father, Col. Roger Moore…[and] with equal tenacity, his colonial ancestor, “King” Roger Moore…”.
Clearly, Bacon makes a distinction between the two Roger Moores: his great grandfather, the Colonel, and his ancestor nicknamed “King”, builder of the 4,975-acre Orton rice plantation and known to have had more than 250 negro slaves at the time of his death in 1751. Bacon has recently bought ‘The Orton Plantation’ and is restoring it to its pre-slave abolition period.
The ugly and despicable acts of violent racism and murder at the hands of the KKK in 1898 was thoroughly investigated by the 13-member 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission, established in 2000 by the North Carolina General Assembly to develop an historical record of the event and to assess the economic impact of the riot on Black people locally and across the region and state.
The 2006 findings of the Commission confirmed that Colonel Moore, his KKK crew and the Democratic White elite and other men, prominent in the Democratic Party, were determined to overthrow a legitimately elected municipal government and institute a banishment campaign that would lead to the expulsion from Wilmington, North Carolina, more than 2,100 Black political and social leaders.
Pivotal to their campaign was the shutting down of the Daily Record newspaper, the building of which was burned down during the riot and massacre.
In a letter had published in a white owned newspaper, Bacon’s maternal great grandmother, Susan Eugenia Beery Moore, in defending Colonel Moore’s role in the Race Riot as one of the chief conspirators, leaves no doubt that he was a part of the terroristic attacks on Black people during the Wilmington Massacre that led to the wanton murder of so many people who believed in equality and freedom for all. Her letter exudes a sense of pride for his leadership role.
Fast-forward to 2013 when Bacon raised eyebrows around the world from the podium of the Audubon Society Award ceremony in New York City, citing passages after passages from the racist tome “Gone with the Wind”, which he proudly said influenced his life and conduct in all that he is today.
These biographical notes on Bacon form a part of the defence of Mr. Sherman Brown, a retired Broadcast Journalist in The Bahamas, against whom Bacon has brought a defamation action in The Bahamas for revealing Bacon’s racist roots.
Bacon’s case is that the article complained of suggests that he was a white supremacist, a racist, and a member of and supporter of the KKK, determined to exclude native Bahamians from the Bay of Clifton which bounds his Point House estate to the southwest for more than 1,000 feet.
Although Brown denies that he was the writer of the article complained or that the ordinary and natural meaning of the words were defamatory, he does set out in the Court documents filed in support of his defence, the foregoing compelling case that Bacon proudly accepts that his great grandfather’s racist legacy and tenacity, through his grandfather, are very much a part of who he (Bacon) is today.
Not unlike his great grandfather’s participation in the 1898 Wilmington Race Massacre violently shutting down the free press and the Black owned newspaper in Wilmington, Bacon has been using a battery of lawyers to file law suits against Bahamian journalists and selected media houses, attempting to obstruct them from shedding light on his lineal and business backgrounds, affairs and conduct, even though it has been widely accepted in The Bahamas as being in the interest of the Bahamian public to know.