Ku Klux Klan

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Their Community's Name Is for a KKK Member. They Voted to Keep It

'Stapleton' sticks following referendum vote in Denver

(Newser) - A Denver neighborhood named for a former Ku Klux Klan member is sticking by its moniker. About a third of property owners in Stapleton—named for former Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton—voted in a referendum, with 65% in favor of keeping the name, reports CNN . Liz Stalnaker of community group... More »

He Was House-Hunting With His Wife. He Saw KKK Memorabilia

Michigan cop suspended after potential homebuyer says he spotted Klan application, Confederate flags

(Newser) - A US Army veteran house-hunting with his wife made some distressing finds in one of the Michigan homes they toured, and now a Muskegon cop has been suspended as a result. The Washington Post reports that Rob Mathis, who's black, showed up with his wife, Reyna, at the five-bedroom... More »

Wife Admits Killing KKK Leader

Her son didn't pull the trigger after all, Malissa Ancona tells judge

(Newser) - "I fired both shots that killed my husband," Malissa Ancona told a Missouri judge in pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the 2017 death of a KKK leader. Her son, who's also charged , helped her clean the crime scene and dispose of the body but wasn't... More »

Editor Backs KKK, Gives His Job to a Black Woman

Goodloe Sutton is apparently trying to sell his newspaper

(Newser) - Last week, he wanted the Ku Klux Klan to "night ride again." Friday, he gave up his job to a black woman. Welcome to the strange month of Goodloe Sutton, who will retain ownership of the Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama, but apparently gave editorial control to employee Elecia... More »

Newspaper Editor Calls for Return of KKK

He wants 'the Klan go up there and clean out DC'

(Newser) - Alabama lawmakers are calling for the resignation of a small-town newspaper editor who published an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to return and "night ride again." The Feb. 14 editorial in the weekly Democrat-Reporter in the west Alabama town of Linden called for the KKK to... More »

Governor: That Was Not Me

"That is not my picture," says Gov. Ralph Northam

(Newser) - Virginia's governor on Saturday vowed to remain in office despite widespread calls for his resignation after a racist photo surfaced on a school yearbook page, the AP reports. His refusal to step down could signal a potentially long and bruising fight between Northam and his former supporters. Northam said... More »

Tenn. Judge Chides Black Men for Doing Better Job Than KKK

Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton's comment gets divided reaction

(Newser) - It's not the first time this Tennessee judge has likened black-on-black crime to KKK violence, reports the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle , but it's certainly the most publicized. In a Thursday hearing in the case of Vincent Bryan Merriweather, Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton exclaimed that he's "sick... More »

Report: Young Racists Seeking Out 'Hipper' Groups Than KKK

KKK membership declining despite surge in 'hate groups'

(Newser) - An organization that tracks far-right extremists says the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the US is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, the AP reports. The Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report Wednesday... 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 »

Virginia Catholic Priest Reveals KKK Past

Rev. William Aitcheson is taking a leave of absence

(Newser) - A Catholic priest in Virginia has stepped down from his duties, at least temporarily, after publicly revealing his position as a "grand cyclops" in the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago, the Washington Post reports. Rev. William Aitcheson wrote about his "despicable" role with the KKK in an... More »

NC KKK Leader 'Glad Protester Died'

He says there will be more violence to come

(Newser) - They don't call it a hate group for nothing: The chief of a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group says he's glad that 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. "I'm sorta glad that... 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 »

50 Klansmen Rally in Va.; 1K Counterprotesters Show Up

White supremacists were protesting removal of Confederate statue

(Newser) - Between 30 and 50 members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of controversial Confederate statues on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., but the Washington Post reports that their shouts of "white power" were drowned out by more than 1,000 counterprotesters. More than... 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 »

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 »

All 'Mississippi Burning' Leads Exhausted

State AG closes case after 52 years

(Newser) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood closed the book on one of the most explosive murder cases in American history Monday, saying all leads have been exhausted and there is "nothing else that can be done" in the 1964 "Mississippi Burning" killings. "The FBI, my office, and other... More »

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