Apparently, Klanny’s KKKostume Shop is not open to (white) men, women, and children of all ages!
Jessica Black of Craigsville, Virginia, drew national ire when she dressed her son as a Klansman for Halloween. She feels there is nothing wrong with the costume, or the KKK: “It’s suppose to be white with white. Black with black. Man with woman and all of that.” Black’s son was innocent in his reason for wanting to wear the costume: he saw it in Fried Green Tomatoes, and thought it was cool.
While Black may love the KKK Bradley Jenkins, Imperial Wizard of the United Klans of America, is not very fond of the Blacks’ actions. In fact, as laughable as this may seem, he feels that the insensitive costume has ruined the Klan’s reputation. According to Jenkins, “There’s no respect for the Klan.”
Jenkins feel that the Blacks went too far with their idiotic Halloween stunt. He says that because of them, “People look at the United Klan as a hate organization. … We don’t hate anyone. Hate is such a strong word.” That’s right…the Klan is looked at because of a kid’s costume, rather than a tradition of hatred.
Jenkins recently has been attempting to restructure the United Klans of America as a “patriot” group much like the Tea Party– and it seems he thinks he is serious! He says he hates the phrase, “white power,” and that while he is not fond of Barack Obama, he is our President. “I don’t care what color he is,” says Jenkins. He helped orchestrate an incredibly awkward meeting between the KKK and the NAACP, as well. The United Klans even joined a Crips gang in protest of another Klan group’s rally.
Jenkins’ attempts to white-wash the Klan’s image (see what I did there?) don’t do much good, though–given the pro-Aryan and white supremacist messages still on their web site.
The Imperial Wizard adds that “nowadays” the Klan is nigh-universally disdained (as though this were not the case previously.) He says that the way people treat them now is “no different than the way people used to treat African Americans years ago.”
Having seemingly forgotten his own group’s history, it is doubtful that Jenkins will ever truly appreciate the awful irony of that statement. So, Mr. Jenkins…the Klan is now treated just like your organization “used” to treat black folks, huh?
As for Ms. Black, only time will tell if she has learned a lesson. After all, when even the Klan thinks you’re too extreme…
We’re sure she will simply get more creative next year. Perhaps we can expect this:
Watch the original report below: