Will the KKK accept minorities?
According to the International Business Times, the white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan is rebranding as the “new Klan” by trying to increase membership to Jews, black people, gays and those of Hispanic origin.
However, all those wanting to join the ultra-right wing society will have to wear the white robes, masks and conical hats. The Klan is estimated to have between 5,000 and 8,000 members according to figures released in 2012.
The Ku Klux Klan is notorious for racist violence, including lynchings of black people. It is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the civil rights law firm Southern Poverty Law Center.
Some black people have already expressed an interest in joining, after KKK organizer John Abarr arranged a summit with civil rights groups.
Abarr, who has claimed that he is a former white supremacist, told the Great Falls Tribune, “The KKK is for a strong America. White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”
Abarr has organized a peace summit with religious groups and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) next summer.
The KKK organizer from Great Falls, Montana told the Associated Press that he filled out a membership card to NAACP, paying the $30 enrollment fee and also adding a $20 donation.