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Students Pose With Pumpkins Carved With Swastika, 'KKK'

Viral photo blasted by Pa. school district as 'reprehensible'

(Newser) - An eastern Pennsylvania school district is dealing with a second race-related incident in just over a week, investigating a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols. The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. The photo shows four... More »

University of Virginia Got Money From KKK. Here's How It's Using It

'I hope any remaining members of the KKK will appreciate the irony'

(Newser) - In 1921, the Ku Klux Klan pledged $1,000 to the University of Virginia. That amount, in today's dollars, would be about $12,400, and with that in mind, the university is allocating an equivalent amount, $12,500, to the Charlottesville Patient Support Fund, which will be used to... More »

Guy's $500 Donation to David Duke Shuts Down His Bar

Workers at Club Jager were enraged to find boss gave cash to former KKK honcho

(Newser) - A Minneapolis bar was forced to close after it was revealed the owner donated to David Duke's 2016 Senate campaign. Outraged to learn their boss had given $500 to the ex-KKK leader, many employees at Club Jager walked off the job, reports the Star Tribune . Several performers promised to... More »

Victim's Mom Thanks Trump, but Critics Unswayed

President denounces white supremacists, calls racism 'evil'

(Newser) - President Trump on Monday specifically condemned white supremacist groups in the wake of the weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. The key quote: "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups... More »

Report: KKK Is Wracked by 'Internal Turmoil'

Anti-Defamation League issues new report on group's activities

(Newser) - The Ku Klux Klan is suffering from declining influence and plagued by infighting, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. The 152-year-old hate group's "most consistent activity" is handing out hate literature, and their chief targets are Black Lives Matter, LBGT issues such as transgender bathrooms,... More »

Police Charge Wife, Stepson With Murder of KKK Leader

Stepson allegedly shot him in the head while he was in bed

(Newser) - The wife and stepson of Missouri KKK leader Frank Ancona were charged Monday with his murder. Police say 24-year-old Paul Jinkerson Jr., the son of Ancona's wife, Malissa Ancona, 44, shot 51-year-old Frank Ancona while he was asleep Thursday in his bedroom, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Police say... More »

Body of Missing KKK Leader Found in Remote Missouri

Frank Ancona was killed in 'senseless act of violence'

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri man who identified himself as an "imperial wizard" of a Ku Klux Klan chapter, reports AP . The body of 51-year-old Frank Ancona of Leadwood, Missouri, was found near the Big River Saturday by a family fishing. Ancona had been missing since... More »

A&E Cancels Controversial KKK Documentary Series

Just a week after announcing it

(Newser) - A&E canceled its controversial new documentary about the KKK on Saturday—just a week after it was announced, the Hollywood Reporter reports. But what a week it was. People were concerned the show, originally titled Generation KKK, would give the hate group a spotlight and normalize them. According to... More »

A&E Series Could Be 'Most Controversial Yet'

Network filmed KKK leaders, family members who want out for 'Generation KKK' documentary

(Newser) - They say any publicity is good publicity, but the #GenerationKKK hashtag trending on Twitter Monday morning didn't hold many kind words for A&E's new series, or for the New York Times weekend review of it. The Generation KKK eight-episode documentary, which sources confirm to the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

Trump Urges Early Voters to Change Their Votes

Which you can do in 4 states

(Newser) - With less than a week to go until Election Day, Hillary Clinton is spending her time on attack instead of defense. At a rally in Florida Tuesday night, she made no mention of her emails, but she slammed Donald Trump as "the poster boy for everything wrong with our... More »

Klansman Who Killed 4 Girls Up for Parole

Thomas Blanton has served only 15 years for deadly 1963 church bombing

(Newser) - A Ku Klux Klan member currently serving four life sentences in Alabama for murdering four black girls in 1963 is up for parole after serving only 15 years, AL.com reports. Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2001 of planting a bomb outside a Birmingham Baptist church that killed an 11-year-old... More »

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke: I'm Running for Senate

Says country is 'coming apart at the seams'

(Newser) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said Friday that he's running for the US Senate in Louisiana, the AP reports. A registered Republican, he will be seeking an open seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter, who has decided not to run for re-election on the Nov. 8... More »

Priest's Robes Cause Campus KKK Scare

He was spotted buying frozen yogurt

(Newser) - The regional Dominican Friars office tweeted a handy guide to telling its members apart from boxers, Halloween ghosts, and KKK members after a campus scare in Indiana last week. The Tab reports that there was a brief panic at the Bloomington campus of the University of Indiana when somebody tweeted... More »

School Sorry for KKK Skit

Was 'intended to identify and highlight the atrocities of the Ku Klux Klan'

(Newser) - A Philadelphia-area school district superintendent has apologized for a class skit in which students dressed in Ku Klux Klan-like outfits, calling the activity "inappropriate" and showing "poor judgment." Superintendent Richard Dunlap of the Upper Darby School District sent a message of apology to parents and the community... More »

Cops: KKK Members Arrested in Brawl Acted in Self-Defense

5 KKK members released after being attacked by California counter-protesters

(Newser) - A California Ku Klux Klan rally on Saturday ended with three anti-KKK protesters stabbed and five KKK members arrested. But Anaheim cops now say those five have been released after evidence shows they acted in self-defense, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The totality of the evidence, including videos, still... More »

Trump Blames Bad Earpiece for Answer on KKK

Says he didn't hear the questions clearly

(Newser) - Donald Trump is getting hammered for not disavowing himself from the KKK during a CNN interview over the weekend, but now the candidate says he has an explanation: a "lousy earpiece." During an appearance on the Today show Monday morning, Trump said that he couldn't clearly hear... More »

Trump: 'I Know Nothing About' KKK, David Duke

Candidate refuses CNN prompting to denounce white supremacist group

(Newser) - Prompted repeatedly to denounce the Ku Klux Klan in the wake of former grand wizard David Duke's endorsement of him, Donald Trump steadfastly refused Sunday on CNN 's State of the Union, telling host Jake Tapper that, "Just so you understand, I don't know anything about... More »

Three Stabbed at Violent KKK Rally

Cops arrest 13 at California event

(Newser) - Authorities say 13 people are in custody following a violent altercation that left three people stabbed at a Ku Klux Klan gathering in Southern California, the AP reports. A spokesman with the Anaheim Police Department says six of those arrested are Klan supporters and seven counter-protesters. All three people who... More »

1920s Klan Was Actually a Big Pyramid Scheme

Group leaders made money off own members selling robes, imposing fees

(Newser) - Even during its 1920s heyday, the Ku Klux Klan wasn't a very effective hate group, according to an analysis by Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer and Steven D. Levitt, the latter of Freakonomics fame. However, the Klan was a "wildly successful" pyramid scheme, according to a Priceonomics blog... More »

Citadel Cadets Pictured in KKK-Like Garb

Investigation is underway

(Newser) - The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, has begun suspension proceedings after a photo surfaced online showing cadets wearing white clothing and white hoods, WCIV reports. A woman posted on social media late Wednesday that she was approached by a man, who was unknown to her, on a few social... More »

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