While tons of Americans on Valentines day were celebrating love and romance, a lower Alabama News paper editor was calling on the Klu Klux Klan to night ride on democrats in Washington.
Goodloe Sutton, the editor/publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, based in Linden Alabama told the Montgomery Advertiser that he wrote an article calling on the white supremacists group to “night ride again.”
Sutton stated, “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better. We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”
According to the Advertiser, he said Klansmen “didn’t kill but a few people.” He added, “The Klan wasn’t violent until they needed to be.”
Sutton also made it a point to compare the KKK, which is the oldest and most hateful group in America to the NAACP, the longest standing civil rights organization in America.
According to sources this particular segment of the paper was not published online like the remainder of the paper.
The article was discovered and posted online by two Auburn University journalism students and shared via twitter.
Once the tweet was out tons of people came out against the senseless and hate filled article published by Sutton.
Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District stated, “For the millions of people of color who have been terrorized by white supremacy, this kind of ‘editorializing’ about lynching is not a joke — it is a threat.”
“What rock did this guy crawl out from under?” tweeted Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). When he served as a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jones tried and convicted two KKK members who were part of a 1963 church bombing that killed four girls. He also called for Suttons immediate resignation.
Over the course of the last few months Alabama has been shaken in the wake of the killing of 21 year old army veteran EJ Bradford Jr., who was gunned down and killed from behind in a Hoover, AL mall by a white duty officer. The outcome “No Charges.”
We spoke with one Alabama resident about this event and they stated, ” The amount of racism that still exist in America is so sickening and makes your skin crawl. The nerve of this man to publish this article is a slap in the face and he needs to turn in his pen and pad now.”