The Ku Klux Klan, while thankfully no longer much of a force in American politics, is still invoked quite often, in moments of hyperbole across the political spectrum. Liberals, at times, compare conservatives to racist Klansmen, while conservatives are sometimes fond of pointing out that Klan members in the late 19th and early 20th century were often Democrats. Then there’s former Klan leader and sometime presidential candidate David Duke, whose utterances are frequently reported on by mainstream media.
However, it’s rare these days to find open praise for the Ku Klux Klan in an American media outlet. But just that happened this week in Alabama.
According to The Montgomery Advertiser, a small town newspaper in Linden, Ala. called the Democrat-Reporter last week published an editorial titled “Klan Needs to Ride Again.” The editorial, while unsigned, was authored by Goodloe Sutton, the newspaper’s editor and publisher, he confirmed to the Advertiser.