Jessica Black of Craigsville, Virginia is in shock! She can’t believe that people have been saying bad things about her after seeing her seven year old son in his Halloween costume — The white robes and hood of a Ku Klux Klansman.
After a viewer posted a photo of the boy on the Facebook page of TV station WHSV, the station tracked her down to ask her about it. Ms. Black didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. She told the station that there was nothing wrong with the costume or the Klan, after all she told them, “It’s suppose to be white with white. Black with black. Man with woman and all of that.”
She also said that when she was a kid her brothers dressed as Klansmen on Halloween and no one made a big deal about it. The child obviously did not really understand the implications of the costume; he said he decided to wear it after seeing it in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes because “it was cool.”
One of the neighbors who was upset when she saw him trick-or-treating in it said, “It’s not okay, you’re offending a lot of people — that one little action.”
Black also complained that she had received threats on her Facebook page as a result of the photo having been posted. She is right on that account; posting threats is only sinking to her level of hatred and intolerance. What those people might consider doing is to report her to Child Protective Services. Teaching a child this young to hate and to be intolerant of those who are not like himself surely qualifies as child abuse.
Please take a moment to enjoy some photos of the little tyke: