A branch of the traditionally White supremacist hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, is reportedly re-branding itself to embrace people from all walks of life, including Black, Latinos, Jews and homosexuals, so that they can all stand together to support one common good, “a strong America,” according to the Daily Mail.
Those parties interested in joining the new and improved right-wing organization called the Rocky Mountain Knights will reportedly still have to sport the fear-invoking paramilitary garb of white robes and conical hoods, according to its founder John Abarr (pictured).
Instead of sticking to its eons-long tradition of spewing hate and malice towards all non-White peoples, Abarr seemingly wants to move the organization towards a more peaceful and political direction.
The Klan organizer met with Jimmy Simmons, president of the NAACP Casper, Wyoming branch last year and the unprecedented event was marked as a first in the history of the two groups. The topic of segregation was naturally discussed. Abarr also mentioned, how membership in the Klan has increased since Barack Obama took office with men who are angry, violent and ready for action but he has managed to calm them down or have asked them to leave the group because the setting wasn’t hateful enough for them. Abarr declared at the meeting that his group believes violence against Black men is a hate crime and says they are a non-violent religious organization that is now focused on political issues.
Klan members however have criticized Abarr, stating that he has an ulterior motive which is political in nature. Bradley Jenkins, Imperial Wizard of the KKK, said: “That man’s going against everything the by-laws of the constitution of the KKK say. He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career.”
Surprisingly, according to Abarr, despite the Klan’s history of violence, such as lynching Black people, there are African-Americans who have expressed an interest in joining his group which now stands at about 8,000 strong.