Alabama newspaper editor calls for the KKK's return to 'clean out DC'
Democrat-Reporter's Goodloe Sutton also compared the KKK to civil rights group NAACP and added that the violence unleashed by the KKK was justified
A newspaper in Linden, Alabama published an editorial last week which called for the return of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in an effort to block tax hikes in the state, according to reports. The controversial editorial was published on Thursday last week.
Publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper, Goodloe Sutton, confirmed writing the editorial to the Montgomery Advertiser on Monday, stating he had written the column asking for the return of the white supremacist hate group.
The Alabama Press Association (APA) reportedly told the Montgomery Advertiser that although it does not condone the views expressed in Sutton's editorial, it does not have the authority to stop him.
APA executive director, Felicia Mason, said: "We do not agree with the opinion. However, APA is not a policing agency. We simply have no authority over what our member newspapers publish."
The first line of the editorial read: "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again. Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”
Sutton wrote that Democrats "do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas... This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people," The Hill reported.
When the Montgomery Advertiser asked Sutton about the column, the author said: "If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off. We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them."
Check the date. A paper published this in 2019. Wow. pic.twitter.com/jmVSTO61lX— Chip Brownlee (@ByChipBrownlee) February 18, 2019
The author attempted to defend himself by saying that he was "not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we're talking about."
Sutton also compared the KKK to civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and added that the violence unleashed by the KKK was justified.
"A violent organization? Well, they didn't kill but a few people," Sutton said. "The Klan wasn't violent until they needed to be." Sutton, in the editorial, said that the KKK should go to DC and "raid the gated communities up there."
"They call them compounds now. Truly, they are the ruling class," Sutton wrote in the column.
Sutton started working at the paper since 1964 and welcomes feedback through letters or phone calls about his articles.