KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists Rally To Protest Incorrect Use Of The Word "Racist"
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was joined by members of the neo-Nazi movement and other white supremacist organizations at a rally on Saturday morning just outside of Evansville, Indiana to protest racism. Well, sort of. They weren’t protesting an influx of Muslim residents. They weren’t protesting the election of a black mayor. They were protesting the misuse of the term “racist.” In the crowd you could hear the chant, “Fake racists, go away! You are not the KKK!”
A spokesman for the KKK sent out a press release ahead of the march…
“The Ku Klux Klan (and associated hate groups) have spent a lot of time and money over the last 150 years to establish what it means to be a racist. We lynched people, we marched, we posted hateful messages using everything from mailers, to graffitti, to internet videos. We made fools of ourselves on Springer… which is not an easy task. We made ‘cross burning’ a thing. We basically created the racist market. And how? By actually mistreating people based on their ethnicity and color of their skin.
“So you can imagine our disappointment today to see the word ‘racist’ applied to anyone with whom a person has a disagreement. If a congressman doesn’t support a bill to expand Welfare, he is a ‘racist.’ If a worker at Chick-fil-A forgets to say, ‘My pleasure,’ she is a ‘racist.’ If the President tweets about how awesome he is, he is a ‘racist.’ If a blogger doesn’t write about racism, that blogger is a ‘racist.’ If a 25 year-old athlete wrote a rude tweet in his teens, he is a ‘racist.’
“It is ridiculous. At this point, it seems like everyone is a racist. That’s not fair. There are people being called racist who are not racist. We’d like to think we know a little bit about racism. Where are all of these so-called racists going? Because they sure ain’t coming to us. Our membership is down. What we suspect is that people hate us so much, that when they disagree with someone, they just toss out the worst insult they can think of. They call them a ‘racist.’
“This is going to sound strange coming from us, but we are asking people to be reasonable. If someone has not actually exhibited true signs of racism, don’t call them a racist. Believe me… most real racists will readily admit that they dislike people of other races. I mean, we may hide behind bed sheets… but we will tell you straight up that we hate blacks, Jews, Arabs, and most everyone else. That guy who cut you off in traffic? Probably not a racist. We are fine with being racist, but it is an insult to us for you to label someone a racist just because they are a Republican or Democrat. Is it too much to ask that if you are going to use a hateful term, use it correctly? We don’t think so.
“When everyone is a racist… no one is a racist. So please, let us have our title back. It is about all we have left.”
In a response, newly elected U.S. Congresswoman Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “As a person of color, I reserve the right to call anyone a ‘racist’, especially if there is no merit to the claim. I mean… like… we are really going to let the KKK tell us what racism is right now? I. Can’t. Even.”