A reader left the following comment attached to our entry on the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia, which states that while the Klan still exists in the state, “there has been little public notice or concern of them since the late 1960s.”
Clearly, you do not live in Wythe or Bland Counties in Virginia. I do not recall when it was during the 1990s, but the KKK had a big march down Main Street in Bland Va. A little later a white girl had a baby by a black man and she was “run out” of Bland for such a “sin.”
Bland Co. may or may not have it’s own chapter, but they are still there and still a serious threat to those of us who do not share their views. You can even find their notes and mailings in some of the library books in Wythe County Public Library. not to mention that that same library had a copy of the “Turner Diaries” which had a flyer in it.
And, yes, some members still hold public office or government positions in this area, or practice law.
Also in the late 1990s, Barry Elton Black, an ironically named Klan leader from Pennsylvania, was arrested in rural Carroll County for burning a cross on private property. Because the cross was thirty feet tall and clearly visible from the highway, he was charged with violating a Virginia law that dates back to the 1930s and prohibits anyone from such activity with the “intent of intimidating” others. A black lawyer from Richmond, David P. Baugh, defended Black on free speech grounds.
Meanwhile, after the jump you can view a remarkable front page from a newspaper earlier this year that reproduces a flier for a Klan rally in an ironically named North Carolina town.
IMAGE: From a Klan rally in Georgia on April 28, 2012 (KKKKnights.com)