KKK leader says Jews, blacks and gays can join up


In a twist worthy of a comedy sketch, the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in America’s Rocky Mountains has suggested that the notoriously racist group should be more accepting of Jews, blacks and gays — even to the extent that they could become members.

The KKK is best known for wearing white robes and hoods, burning crosses and lynching black people, but it emerged earlier this month that one of Montana’s leading white supremacists, John Abarr, has embraced a more inclusive philosophy for a new Klan group he recently founded.

“The KKK is for a strong America,” Abarr said. “White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”

In 2013, Abarr met members of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in Casper, Wyoming, and, according to the Great Falls Tribune, the meeting “inspired him to organise a peace summit with the NAACP” at a later date.

Abarr’s new, inclusive KKK group, the Rocky Mountain Knights, has been given a mixed reception. While some, including Jimmy Simmons — one of the NAACP representatives Abarr met — are keeping an open mind, others worry that by remaining under the ‘KKK’ banner he proves he has not changed.

The only element this farcical story lacks is Abarr finding out that he is black, Jewish or gay — or all three.

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