The editor of a small-town paper in Alabama has ignited controversy after he published an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to go after “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”
Goodloe Sutton confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser that he wrote the Feb. 14 editorial for the Democrat-Reporter newspaper, which he publishes. “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” he said.
He was reportedly asked what he meant by “cleaning up D.C.,” and he suggested lynching, per USA Today. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”
Sutton continued: “… It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?”
The editor doesn’t believe that the White supremacist group is a racist organization, likening the KKK to the NAACP. “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 paper has been embroiled in controversy before under Sutton. In 2015, the paper ran the headline: “Selma black thugs murder Demopolite Saturday night.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.