In an unlikely occasion, leaders of the NAACP and KKK gathered in an unprecedented meeting in Wyoming on Saturday. The conference was held to discuss recent flares of violence against Black men that have taken place around the state.
After a particular KKK pamphlet had been distributed, one that discusses the future of America and how whites are the impending minorities of the nation, Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper branch of the NAACP, contacted John Abarr of the United Klans of America about meeting in June. Once a number of “ground rules were established,” including being accompanied by heavy security, the two chiefs met.
The diametrically opposing organizations discussed the KKK’s wish to withdraw “from the union, segregation and violence against Black men.” Abarr additionally expressed to the Star-Tribune exactly why he likes being a part of the Klan.
I like it because you wear robes, and get out and light crosses, and have secret handshakes. I like being in the Klan — I sort of like it that people think I’m some sort of outlaw.
What’s more, is that although Abarr thinks “violence against black men is a hate crime and touts his group as a non-violent religious organization focused on political issues,” he still prefers to enlist extremely “radical kids, then calm them down after they join.”
Peep Huffington Post’s discussion in the video down below.