Well, the KKK is back at it with their little flier campaign. It’s a bit more involved than the last effort in Georgia.
Following the mass shooting at gay nightclub ‘Pulse’ in Orlando, Florida, the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi gave out anti-gay pamphlets to the homes in Gautier and Ocean Springs along the Gulf Coast.
In response to news reports of the incident, Brent Waller, who identifies as the Imperial Wizard of the United Dixie White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Realm of Mississippi, said it’s his right to distribute whatever material even if locals do not welcome them.
‘I got the same right under the First Amendment to pass out pamphlets and literature just the same as the newspaper does,’ Waller told the Hattiesburg American.
Waller defended his group’s anti-gay sentiments by saying that black people and Muslims are also their list.
‘[The pamphlets were] put out in a legal fashion, nobody’s being targeted,’ he said. ‘There’s some things about gays, but there’s also some things about blacks and we’re coming out with one on Muslims next week.’
Goodness, he sounds a wee bit defensive. I’ll admit to being quite amused at the politically correct disclaimer after the Boycott 101’s final paragraph:
“Don’t let the outside immoral crowds and their news media get your butt in a bind. We will never bow to homosexuality and bestiality or other unnatural sexual perversions that go against the laws of nature and GOD.”
It said: “This is a mass flier drive, no one is being targeted because of race, religion, national or sexual orientation.“
Emphasis mine. Not overly amused though, because while the Klan is not remotely the same powerful organization it used to be, given the rise of the far right everywhere, along with white nationalism, it doesn’t pay to completely discount such groups. There’s a great deal of ugly in the Boycott 101 flier, but even the Klan, it seems, has had to learn where to carefully draw a line.
And Waller said he and his group don’t want outsiders coming into his state “spreading their liberal agenda.”
“Our state is being bombarded by outside views,” he said. “They get on the news about the flag and gay rights agenda.”
But the straight white perspective is rarely told, even though the bulk of Mississippi residents are white, Waller said.
According to a U.S. Census report issued in July 2014, an estimated 62 percent of the state’s residents are white.
“We’re the Klan that’s been here since the Civil War,” Waller said. “We have long been the voice for the white right wing. People may not like our views, but we are entitled to them.
“We’re not out here hanging people no more, but we certainly have some viewpoints that some people don’t agree with, but we certainly have some who do. I don’t sugarcoat it. I’m not politically correct. We are the main group for the white man. We have been for 150 years.”
Waller said the UDWK will continue to push for the right to be heard.
“We’re really going to get the message out this summer,” he said. “As long as we’re not using any inflammatory or hate-type material in our fliers we’re OK.”
And contrary to popular belief, Waller said, he has nothing against gays as long as they don’t flaunt their lifestyle.
“If somebody wants to live a certain lifestyle, I’m cool with that,” he said. “But if they want to push their agenda on us … I had one of those gay churches contact me. I told them I’m going to pray for you. You don’t have to worry about us harming you, but I think what you are doing is wrong.”
It does appear, at least for now, that the Klan remains mostly de-fanged.