Earlier this week a very controversial article was published by a well-known editor of a local paper in Alabama and is now taking heat for calling upon the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to perform mass lynchings.
The piece that was published was ran in his print-only newspaper, confirmed the Democrat-Reporter, last Thursday, Goodloe Sutton on Tuesday.
According to the report by BBC, he said the Democrats were going to raise taxes and that the KKK should hang them and raid the house in Washington D.C.
Head Alabama lawmakers have called for Sutton to resign.
KKK is Known as the oldest white supremacy groups in the US, formed after the civil war. They are responsible for lynchings, rapes and violent attacks aimed directly at African Americans since the 1900s.
The article surfaced and took the media by storm when students from Auburn University in Auburn, in Alabama, tweeted photos of the material.
Sutton did not respond for any comments at the moment. The once adored journalist has been awarded for his ethics by other giant news outlets including the New York Times and American Journalism Review.
The opinion based article was a short piece without a byline entitled: “Klan needs to ride again.”
“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” the article said, referencing the KKK’s terrorizing attacks through black communities.
“Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama… This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”
“Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.”
The Montgomery Advertiser confirmed that Sutton took full responsibility for writing the article.
“If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out DC we’d all been better off,” he wrote. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”
“It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about.”
He also explained to the paper that he didn’t believe the KKK organization was violent.
“They didn’t kill but a few people. The Klan wasn’t violent until they needed to be.”
Reports from the Southern Poverty Law Center claim that there are still around 5,000 to 8,000 active KKK members across the US; although during the height of the Klan’s reign in the 1900s, there were around four million members.