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Goodloe Sutton, Alabama editor who called for KKK to ‘ride again,’ censured by press association

February 20, 2019 GMT

An Alabamanewspaper drew an unprecedented censure Tuesday from the states press association this week after it ran an editorial calling for the return the Ku Klux Klan.

The bizarre plea, entitled The Klan Needs to Ride Again, was published by The Democrat-Reporter, a weekly in Linden, Alabama, on Valentines Day, published by Goodloe Sutton.

That drew the rebuke from the Alabama Press Association, as well as removal of Mr. Sutton from the University of Southern Mississippis journalism hall of fame. Auburn University has also voted to revoke a community journalism prize it once awarded him.

The Democrat-Reporter is headquartered in a town of fewer than 2,000 people in Marengo County, surrounded by Half Chance, Pin Hook, and Octagon about 50 miles east of Meridian, Mississippi.Lindens population is about evenly split between African-American and white residents, according to census data.

The newspaper has not responded to questions about the editorial or its fallout. This week, no one responded to e-mails seeking comment, and no one answers the phone number, the voice mailbox of which is full.

In the editorial, Mr. Suttons newspaper said the KKK must night ride again to check Democrats and Democrats in the Republican Party who want to raise taxes.

Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there, the editorial said. They call them compounds now. Truly, they are the ruling class. In his only comment since the editorial, Mr. Sutton was quoted in The Montgomery Advertiser as saying if the Klan would clean up D.C., wed all be better off.

Mr. Suttons editorials are often given to remarkable prose and positions. In November, as midterm election recounts dragged on in Palm Beach and Broward counties, Mr. Sutton chided Floridas illiterate black election officials for the debacle.