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Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Linden, Alabama Democrat-Reporter, wants the Ku Klux Klan to come back and lynch members of Congress.

That’s according to a recent editorial the Democrat-Reporter published last week. The Montgomery Advertiser contacted Sutton about the editorial, who confirmed to the paper that he was the one who authored it.

“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” Sutton wrote in the rambling editorial. “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are trying to raise taxes in Alabama… This socialist-communist idealogy[sic] sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

“Slaves, just freed after the Civil War, were not stupid. At times, they borrowed their former masters’ robes and horses and rode through the night to frighten some evil doer,” Sutton continued. “Sometimes they had to kill one or two of them, but so what.”

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Goodloe Sutton’s editorial calling for the return of the Ku Klux Klan (Image courtesy of Montgomery Advertiser)

When the Advertiser asked Sutton to clarify the underlying message of the editorial, he responded that he wanted the Klan to “go up there and clean out D.C.”

“We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” Sutton said.

Even though the Advertiser pressed Sutton on his support for the Klan, Sutton doubled down, comparing the notorious racist domestic terror group to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He added that the KKK’s history of murder didn’t necessarily make them a violent organization, since “they didn’t kill but a few people.”

“The Klan wasn’t violent until they needed to be,” Sutton said.

Some Alabama state lawmakers weren’t surprised at the editorial, telling AL.com that Goodloe has made racist statements throughout his career.

“He’s been making those kind of racist epithets for a long time,” Alabama state senator Bobby Singleton (D), told AL.com. “Goodloe is just being Goodloe as far as I’m concerned.”

Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) condemned the editorial, and called for Goodloe to leave the paper.

“I have seen what happens when we stand by while people – especially those with influence – publish hateful, racist views,” Jones tweeted. “Words matter. Actions matter. Resign now!”

As of 2015, the Democrat-Reporter had approximately 3,000 subscribers, according to the Advertiser. The town of Linden is in Marengo County, in Western Alabama. While U.S. Census data is not available for Linden, Census records for Marengo County show that the county is majority black, with a median income of $32,255.

 

Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.

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