A new branch of the group, traditionally known for its extreme-right views, will now be offering a wider membership, recruiting followers without discriminating against their religion, race or sexual orientation.
Founded by a KKK leader from Montana, the off-shoot is called the Rocky Mountain Knights. Encouraging its members’ diversity, the white-hooded man behind the branch says his Klan is “new,” as opposed to the “white supremacy” of the “old.”
“The KKK is for a strong America,” John Abarr of the Rocky Mountain Knights told The Great Falls Tribune newspaper. “White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”
me when i found out the KKK are letting black people join pic.twitter.com/f9mVRX3pbI
— Melaninking (@JamesAAlawiye) November 12, 2014
The “new Klan” leader has been involved with the white supremacy group for some time, but says his views on its activities have evolved. He decided to make it more inclusive, but retained KKK paraphernalia, with white hoods and outlandish robes still being obligatory.