With a 7-2 vote, the Greensboro City Council signed off on a historical marker commemorating the Nov. 3 1979 Klan-Nazi shootout. At issue was the language on the marker, which will identify that ugly incident in our city’s history as the “Greensboro Massacre.”

The ‘no’ voted were council members Tony Wilkins and Zack Matheny, who suggested alternate terminology such as ‘shootout’ or ‘tragedy’ instead of ‘massacre.’ As the N&R reports, some members of the audience –made up mostly of marker supporters — shouted shouted “Nazi” and “Klan supporter” at Matheny as he spoke.