Skip to comments.Secret Meeting Ends With KKK Member Joining NAACP
Posted on 09/04/2013 1:52:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organizer paying $50 to join the civil rights organization, participants said.
Saturday's meeting between Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper NAACP, and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., took place at a hotel in Casper, Wyo., under tight security, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. (CBS affiliate KGWN reports on the meeting in the video above).
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said Tuesday that the meeting was a first.
Abarr told The Associated Press on Tuesday he filled out an NAACP membership form so he could get the group's newsletters and some insight into its views. He said he paid a $30 fee to join, plus a $20 donation.
Simmons said he asked for the meeting after receiving reports that KKK literature was being distributed in Gillette, about 130 miles north of Casper, and to discuss race relations, including what he said were reported beatings of African-American men. He did not provide details.
Abarr said he knew nothing about hate crimes or the literature, which was distributed in a residential neighborhood of Gillette in October.
Gillette police Lt. Chuck Deaton said there have been 10 hate or bias crimes reported in the past five years that involved name-calling but no assaults on African-Americans. Deaton said police also were unable to speak with a young man distributing the literature, and he was chased away by neighbors.
"In the 21 years that I've been here, that's the first I heard of the Klan in Gillette," Deaton said.
Officials with the NAACP in Washington, D.C., requested questions about the meeting in writing but did not immediately respond.
United Klans of America imperial wizard
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...
I really don’t see anything that extraordinary about Democrat racists joining together.
I mean how secret can it be?
Outside of Cheyenne and maybe Casper are there a significant number of blacks in Wyoming?
I think they can kick him out of their club for THAT!
According to the census, 2,393 outside of those two towns.
I didn’t think so (last time I was there about 15 years ago).
I was able to smuggle a photo out of the meeting...
Seems logical, both are racist groups and would be nothing without racism.
NAACP = Tan Klan. Nothing new.
Classic episode...but I always enjoyed Tyrone Biggums.
Seems like a good way for two publicity-hound groups to conspire and get free press coverage for themselves.
Prince’s latest album cover has Chappelle as Prince serving pancakes(from his 2004 skit)
He found that being an NAACP racist is more lucrative.
That’s because of the similarity of their views.
Democrats rearranging the deck chairs.
I'd be very curious about Mr. Abarr's background. As people have stated above, the black population of Montana is very small.
Nothing would surprise me more than if Abarr is a plant who "came to see the error of his ways".
Same story some years back of a supposed Klan member who all of a sudden "got his mind right" and began promoting homosexuality and liberal causes.
I'm calling BS on this entire Yalta conference.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.