From CNN June 14: A kinder, gentler Ku Klux Klan? ‘We do not hate anyone,’ imperial wizard says, and CNN’s Alicia W. Stewart doesn’t challenge him at all.
What else do the spokespeople say?
“All we wanna do is adopt a highway,” said April Chambers, secretary of the North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. “We’re not doing it for publicity. We’re doing it to keep the mountains beautiful. People throwing trash out on the side of the road … that ain’t right.”
“We’re not racists,” Chambers told CNN Monday. “We just want to be with white people. If that’s a crime, then I don’t know. It’s all right to be black and Latino and proud, but you can’t be white and proud. I don’t understand it.”
Harley Hanson—I love my race. Does that make me wrong? I’m proud to be white.
“We do not hate anyone,” said Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “The true Ku Klux Klan is an organization that is looking out for the interests of the white race. It is a fraternal organization, and we do good works.”
“We look out for the interest of our family first, I feel that other races feel the same way – it’s a natural instinct, ” he adds.
“I wonder why they characterize us as a hate group? Who do we hate?” Ancona said. ”I know what the perception is; people come up to us and they hate us.”
When speaking to him via phone, Ancona insists that there is a not a ”rebranding” of the KKK. Instead, there is a focus on the original values of the Klan that have been distorted by “rogue” members and a mischaracterization by media.
“We are doing all we can to dispel the negative images,” said Ancona. “If we find out one of our members was charged with a crime, or immoral behavior, we might give them a warning first, but we try to keep a tight eye on that. We have a thorough screening process to weed out troublemakers. I can only speak for the Traditional Knights, but none of our members are criminals.”
“Jesus Christ is our criteria of character. If you look at Romans 12:1-2, that is how Klans are supposed to live, that is the standard, ” he explained. “We do not burn the cross, we light the cross to show that Christ is the light of the world.”
“I would want people to know that we are here, and we are not to be feared. The Klan is looking out for the white race, to preserve our rights and our history. The Klan looks out for America as our forefathers did.”
The words ‘kinder and gentler’ are, by their normal use in grammar, comparative words. A version of the KKK that is not burning homes and lynching people is definitely ‘kinder and gentler’. Just how much ‘kinder and gentler’ you can judge by the idea they espouse that saving the ‘white race’ and preserving our rights and our history are their primary goals. The earliest humans were from Africa, the earliest major cities were in the Middle East, North Africa, China, and South America. Not much white there.
Kinder and gentler? Maybe. But still using Christian writings to justify racism.