Archaic group shows its despiration

Published 4:16am Saturday, July 5, 2014

It’s sad to think that despite all the progress that has been made in our nation and in Alabama in particular that in the year 2014 we are still having to write stories about the Ku Klux Klan.

Last weekend Tallassee was blanketed with fliers that included the white-hood wearing men who terrorized people of color for generations. The recruiting pitch was placed in plastic bags with a rock and thrown in yards or put in mailboxes at homes in Tallapoosa and Elmore counties.

“It’s not the organization that a lot of people want to paint us as,” said Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona. “We’re not going out looking to lynch black people and we don’t hate black people, or anybody, for that matter. We look out for the interest of our own race and we are a fraternal order like the Masons or the Elks.”

Like Masons and Elks?

Please.

Regardless of what Ancona and the people responsible for dumping these on the people of Tallassee want you to believe, this was no more than a cry by a desperate group of small-minded people trying to get their moment in the sun. We are guilty of giving it to them.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

One area resident may have said it best.

“If you’re a group and your name starts with KKK it’s not going to bring anything good,” Amanda Birtley of Tallassee said.

She’s right. There is no place here, or anywhere, for rhetoric that promotes divisive ideas.

The argument about America being free and freedom of speech is fine, but what about the rights of the people who didn’t want to see that kind of stuff thrown on their property?

Isn’t the whole idea of a flier thrown from a pickup to people who didn’t want or ask for the material a little archaic?

It is, just like the ideals on which the Ku Klux Klan was founded.

In this day and age if people want to learn more about an organization there are plenty of ways to do that without this scattergun approach to reach the masses of a peaceful town.

We congratulate those who complained to the police and hope that law enforcement continues to investigate and does whatever it can to make sure the people who are responsible are held accountable in whatever way the law allows.

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