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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 »

Anonymous Releases Names of Alleged KKK Members

List includes nearly 400 names, plus email addresses and Facebook pages

(Newser) - Online activist group Anonymous released its promised list of alleged Ku Klux Klan members Thursday, Raw Story reports. And while the list doesn't include the promised 1,000 names , it does include the identities of nearly 400 people, plus email addresses, Facebook pages, and more, according to the Hill... More »

Viral Posting Links Politicians to the KKK

But hacking group 'Anonymous' backs away from claims

(Newser) - The mayor of Knoxville, affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan? An online list that went viral Sunday makes that claim, but the hacker group Anonymous—which plans to out 1,000 KKK members on Thursday—is distancing itself from the message. "It is irresponsible and slanderous," Knoxville Mayor... More »

Okla. Mayor: Hubby's KKK Getup a 'Prank Gone Bad'

Husband dressed up in a white robe, made it look like cross was burning

(Newser) - Misty Meister was walking down a street in Lahoma, Okla., on Halloween night when she saw a group of adults wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and, she claims, burning a cross. She reported the incident—and though no charges were filed, it's making headlines because one of the people... More »

Black Cop's Kindness to White Supremacist Hailed

Leroy Smith helped white supremacist suffering in the SC heat

(Newser) - The battle between black activists and the Ku Klux Klan over the Confederate flag in South Carolina this weekend was labeled an ugly affair. But a surprisingly tender moment, captured on camera, is making waves. The image shows an African American police officer, identified as 25-year law enforcement veteran Leroy... More »

KKK, Black Panthers Clash at Confederate Flag Rally

Groups hurl insults outside South Carolina statehouse

(Newser) - A crowd rallying for black power faced off against Klu Klux Klan members today outside the South Carolina Statehouse over the Confederate flag, NBC News reports. About 50 KKK members showed up waving the flags (with one bearing a Nazi symbol) after a 200-strong "Countering the Attack on Black... More »

20 Years After KKK Torched It, SC Black Church Burns Again

SC's Mount Zion AME Church is 7th black church to burn since Charleston

(Newser) - Yesterday the NAACP issued a series of tweets in response to the spate of black churches going up in flames across the South, calling for "black churches to take necessary precautions" and promoting the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag. Hours later, the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, SC, became the seventh... More »

Prison Workers Are in KKK, Plotted to Kill Inmate: Fla. AG

Alleged murder plot conjured after black inmate fought with one of the workers

(Newser) - Two current employees and one former worker with Florida's Department of Corrections aren't just accused of being Ku Klux Klan members—the state's attorney general says they're now also facing charges of plotting to kill a former inmate, the AP reports. Thomas Jordan Driver, 25, and... More »

Man Starts KKK Group ... That's Open to All Races

John Abarr says the new Rocky Mountain Knights in Montana is inclusive

(Newser) - John Abarr, a well-known white supremacist in Montana, says he's a reformed man now forming a KKK group called the Rocky Mountain Knights—and anyone 18 and over in the Pacific Northwest can join. In 2011, he made headlines when he ran for (but lost) a congressional seat as... More »

KKK Drops Bags of Candy in SC Neighborhood

Klan says it wants to recruit new members to fight illegal immigration

(Newser) - Residents in a South Carolina neighborhood weren’t happy to find bags of candy outside their homes over the weekend—mainly because the Ku Klux Klan left them there, according to AP . The candy sacks discovered Saturday night and Sunday morning in an Oconee County subdivision each included a piece... More »

KKK Starts a Neighborhood Watch

'It's not targeting any specific ethnicity,' president assures

(Newser) - How comforting: Residents of a Pennsylvania neighborhood found fliers on their doorsteps Friday morning with a picture of a hooded KKK member and the words, "You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!" Yes, after a number of break-ins in Fairview Township, the local chapter of the... More »

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