NAACP And KKK Hold Historic Meeting To Discuss Race Relations [VIDEO]
Over the Labor Day weekend Representatives of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and the KKK met to discuss race relations and allegations of racist literature from the KKK being distributed.
Casper NAACP president, Jimmy Simmons and John Abarr, a KKK organizer sat down Saturday and addressed claims that the KKK have been attacking Black men and distributing racist literature in the state of Wyoming.
Abarr denied the KKK's involvement and said that the clan is not about violence, "we're about being proud to be white." Gillette police Lt. Chuck Deaton stated to his knowledge, no racially charged attacks on Black men have been reported in the last five years. However, that doesn't mean hate crimes weren't committed.
According to reports, the meeting may or may not have accomplished a whole lot, but it was the first between the two groups in hundreds of years. So, it was a beginning and that's better than nothing.
Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center told the Associated Press the meeting was “outrageous and counterproductive”, siting the fact that it “gives legitimacy to the Klan as an organization you can talk to.”
Interestingly enough, the clans spokesman actually joined the NAACP. You read right...John Abarr paid $30 for an NAACP membership and gave additional $20 donation to the organization.