Saturday, March 30, 2013

This Just In: The Klan Still Hates People

Kathleen Geier calls this profile a "puff piece," an "April Fool’s prank," or evidence "everyone at the Scripps Howard News Service[has] been hit with the stupid stick — hard." Geier has a point; the first paragraphs indicate a certain sympathy:
There is a lot to be angry about if you're in the Ku Klux Klan.
As local leader of the Loyal White Knights, Edward the Exalted Cyclops organized a barbecue last month to make plans for Saturday's demonstration to show that white people still have rights.
The wording can be read to indicate that the Klan's anger is justified. Later, the article seem to take assertions that the Klan is moderating its racial hatred seriously:
While Edward and Barker don't dispute the Klan's racist history, they deny they're interested in harassing black people.
"The black race has been here (in America) just about as long as we have," Barker said. "They deserve to be here, too."
If one reads a little deeper in the article, one can still find hate. There's a whole list of people the Klan still scorns:
To Barker and Edward, the Klan's agenda is pretty simple: Send the immigrants back where they came from, silence the homosexuals and the communists (known as liberals today), promote sobriety and abstinence, end abortion, and discourage the mingling of races in a way "God never intended."
(I pretty sure I have heard paraphrases of every one of those "policies" expressed locally, but that's a post for another day.)

The Klansmen, however, can't go too long without saying the word hate.
Edward's adult stepdaughter isn't in the KKK, but she and her 2-year-old son have tagged along for the barbecue.
Eventually the talk turns to homosexuality, and Edward's sister qualifies one of her statements by saying that they don't necessarily hate gay people, just homosexuality. Edward rebukes her. Of course we hate 'em, he says.
Maybe the article just buries the lede.

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