Montana White Supremacist Pushes For Diversity in Ku Klux Klan to Include Blacks
One of Montana's most well known White Supremacists, John Abarr, is trying to expand the KKK and add some diversity. Believe it or not, Abarr is recruiting black, jews,and gays. Abarr is trying to change the aim of the KKK from a White supremacy standpoint to an organization that represents a "Strong" America that includes various races.
One of Montana’s most well-known white supremacists is recruiting members for a new Ku Klux Klan, one which he said will be all-inclusive and shows he no longer holds supremacist views.
John Abarr of Great Falls claims he is a reformed man, which is why he’s started a new KKK group called the Rocky Mountain Knights. Though he won’t say exactly how many members this new KKK group has, the organization will not discriminate against people because of race, religion or sexual orientation.
“The KKK is for a strong America,” Abarr said. “White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”
Though he’s long been involved in white supremacy organizations growing up in Wyoming and Montana, Abarr claims his opinions have slowly evolved. Last year he met with members of the NAACP in Casper, Wyo. It has inspired him to organize a peace summit with the NAACP and other religious groups in the summer of 2015.
“I thought it was a really good organization,” Abarr told the NAACP. “I don’t feel we need to be separate.”
But officials at the Montana Human Rights Network are suspicious about Abarr’s latest move. Rachel Carroll-Rivas, co-director of MHRN, said Abarr doesn’t need to use the KKK to form a more inclusive organization.
“If John Abarr was actually reformed, he could drop the label of the KKK,” she said.
Members who join still would be required to wear the robes and hoods and participate in the secret rituals, but Abarr said the Rocky Mountain Knights will be an open and non-discriminatory group.
Jimmy Simmons, one of the NAACP representatives who met with Abarr last year, believes he probably is trying to reform. If Abarr holds a peace summit next summer, Simmons said he would “take a strong look” at joining.
Abarr’s latest actions have enraged the United Klans of America, according to Bradley Jenkins, imperial wizard for the organization. He agrees with the Montana Human Rights Network that Abarr should not be using the KKK title for his new organization — but for completely different reasons.
“That man’s going against everything the bylaws of the constitution of the KKK say,” Jenkins said. “He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career.”
Nobody of color would even think twice about joining the Ku Klux Klan even if it was opening itself up to the entire population. I'm glad Abarr had a change of heart with his views on white supremacy but I don't think this idea is the best. This is foolish!