Klan Members for Obama!

<%image(20120520-kkk.jpg|450|308|Klu Klux Klan and Their Fabulous Outfits)%>

Jim Lo Scalzo spent last summer in Southwestern Virginia taking pictures of the resurgent Klu Klux Klan. Before we get to the great article he wrote for Bag News, I feel I must tell you that I had no idea the Klan outfits were so beautiful. They are really gorgeous. If they would embrace their inner gayness, I think they might get over all that hate.

Scalzo noticed something in his discussions with Klan members: they often surprised him.

For example, one wrote to him about visiting the Rosa Parks museum in Alabama. According to this guy who hates blacks, it was great and shouldn’t be missed. (Remember this: the Rosa Parks Museum is a “must see” if you are in Alabama. If a bigot doesn’t know, who does?)

When it comes to economic justice, the Klan members tend toward the liberal. This isn’t exactly surprising. I think the vast majority of Republicans would sound very liberal if you got them off the subject of “all my tax dollars going to undeserving minorities.”

Scalzo write:

Last summer’s budget battle between President Obama and congressional Republicans seemed to crystallize the economic clash as one between the haves and have-nots—a dynamic not lost on those I was photographing. Even if most Klan members did not admit siding with president Obama, they openly railed against Republican budget proposals, specifically the GOP’s attempts to cut social programs like Medicaid and food stamps while maintaining tax breaks for the wealthy.

Klu Klux Klan for Obama, 2012. When you start seeing the bumper stickers, remember you read it here first.

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