KKK Member Pushes Back Against Attacks Claiming "I Was Born This Way"
Jimmie Lee Crandall, a 26-year member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is tired of what he calls insensitive and hurtful judgment by a large portion of the culture. He is part of a growing group of white supremacists who are claiming that they should not be discriminated against because, as he says, "I didn't choose to be racist. I was born this way."
This position became popular among homosexuals as they wanted to distance themselves from the idea that they chose who they would have sex with. Crandall once thought they were crazy for claiming that they were "born homosexual." He explains, "I used to make fun of those people for saying, 'I don't choose to be gay. I was born this way. This is how God made me.' But now I know how it is. Because, here I am. I am a racist. I don't choose to hate black people. I was born this way. I'd say I didn't know what it was for the first few years. But probably around the time I was 9 years-old I really started recognizing that I wasn't like most white people. I noticed that I hated anyone who wasn't white. Now I know that it was not a choice for me. I was born racist. God made me this way."
Since he is only racist because God made him that way, Jimmie believes that people should get off his back. "Do you know how hard it is for racist groups to get assembly permits? Have you noticed that the media always portrays us as backward hateful people? Do you think I would choose to live a lifestyle that brings such persecution? No... I didn't go to a special school to learn how to hate people. I was born this way. I'm a Christian. I know you can find verses in the Bible that say we shouldn't hate. But there are also verses where God commanded people to kill others. So maybe people need to stop being so hateful toward hate groups."