A small town newspaper in Alabama published an editorial last Thursday that called for the return of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to block tax increases in the state and the editor who wrote the column said if the KKK would go “clean out D.C., we’d all been better off.”
Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Ala., confirmed to the Montgomery Adviser on Monday that he wrote the column.
“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” the first line of the editorial reads. “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”
When asked about it by the Montgomery Adviser, Sutton 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,” Sutton said.
He claimed he was “not calling for the lynchings of Americans.”
“These are socialist-communists we’re talking about,” Sutton said.
He went on to compare the KKK to the civil rights group the NAACP, saying the violence of the white supremacist hate group 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.”
The Alabama Press Association (APA) told the Montgomery Adviser that while it does not condone the editorial, it does not have the authority to stop Sutton from publishing the editorial.
“We do not agree with the opinion,” said Felicia Mason, APA executive director. “However, APA is not a policing agency. We simply have no authority over what our member newspapers publish.”