A more inclusive and racially diverse KKK? It sounds like something out of a particularly bad Hollywood Whitewashing of history, but a Montana member of the KKK wants to make it a reality — or so he claims. He’s decided to blaze his own path and start recruiting for new members to produce a more inclusive, diversity-friendly chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Yes, this is serious.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that Klansman John Abarr of Great Falls, Montana, claims that he and the Klan have renounced their white supremacist ways and apparently plan to become a parody of a John Birch pamphlet.
Abarr told the Tribune that “The KKK is for a strong America” and “White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.” This new Klan, according to Abarr, will dedicate itself to fighting the federal government and any attempts to establish a “new world order” under a single, worldwide government.
As a sitting member of Majestic-13 (the dental and eye care is nice, but the benefits are better if you’re a shape-shifting lizard), I can assure you his fears of global unification are not misplaced: you call it “taking over the world,” we call it “Tuesday.”
Before you think he’s gone way off the deep end (heaven forbid. . . ), Abarr held a summit last year in Casper, Wyoming that was attended by the NAACP — and says that his views on race have been evolving.
At least something is evolving under those sheets.
He said that he’s prepared to walk away from his work with White supremacist organizations in Montana and Wyoming to dedicate himself to the cause of resisting the One World Government and making the Klan more inclusive.
Abarr’s new mission statement is drawing skepticism, and in a weird confluence that only happens once every other blue moon, those skeptics include both human rights organizations and other Klansmen.
Those familiar with with him say Abarr and the Klan are attempting to remain viable in modern society. Rachel Carroll-Rivas, of the Montana Human Rights Network, characterized this attempt to turn over a new sheet as “window dressing” for the organization. She added that “They know that their beliefs aren’t popular, so they try to appear moderate. I think it’s just a farce” and that “If John Abarr was actually reformed, he could drop the label of the KKK.”
Let’s be careful not to step on egos here; if he wants to reform the label Ku Klux Klan, he can try. He won’t succeed, but he can try.
And one of the reasons why he won’t succeed is because he’s stepping on a well-established trademark. Bradley Jenkins, imperial wizard of the United Klans of America, told the Tribune’s Kristen Cates that Abarr is “going against everything the bylaws of the constitution of the KKK say” and “He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career”