Alabama newspaper calls for resurgence of KKK

Tim Boyle  Hulton Archive

Tim Boyle Hulton Archive

The editorial blamed both for "plotting to raise taxes in Alabama".

Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama said, "If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off".

While the article rails against the socialist-communist ideology, saying that it "sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated and the simple-minded" it also incites violence against the "ruling class" and calls for armed raids on gated communities.

The editor and publisher of the paper, Goodloe Sutton, tells the Montgomery Advertiser that he wrote the February 14 opinion piece and stands by it.

The small-town publisher said he'd like to see the racist organization, which became notorious during the last century for terrorizing African-Americans through lynchings and bombings, to "go up there and clean out [Washington, ] D.C.", the Montgomery Advertiser reported. These are socialist-communists we're talking about.

Between 1881 and 1968, lynch mobs killed 4,743 people, almost three-quarters of whom were African-Americans, according to the Tuskegee Institute.

Sutton also claimed he was not calling for the lynchings of Americans.

"OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under?"

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Federal lawmakers from Alabama denounced Sutton, urging him to resign from his position at the newspaper. Jones said in a tweet.

He said the editorial was "absolutely disgusting" and called for Sutton's immediate resignation.

"I have seen what happens when we stand by while people-especially those with influence- publish racist, hateful views", he wrote on Twitter.

Furthermore, when The Advertiser queried more about the piece and his intentions, Sutton doubled down on his stance, saying that the KKK only "killed but a few people", and he didn't consider them a violent group. Words matter. Actions matter.

The Alabama Press Association Board said in a brief statement that its board of directors voted Tuesday to censure Sutton and suspend The Democrat-Reporter's membership. Said President Donald Trump during the 2019 State of the Union address: "Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country".

"However, APA is not a policing agency".

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., joined Jones in calling for Sutton to resign.

"The School of Communication strongly condemns Mr. Sutton's remarks as they are antithetical to all that we value as scholars of journalism, the media, and human communication".

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