A Ku Klux Klan leader expressed frustration over a 7-year-old's controversial KKK Halloween costume Wednesday, telling a news publication that "there's no respect for the Klan" anymore.
Imperial Wizard Bradley Jenkins of the United Klans of America, once one of the largest KKK chapters in the nation, told the Atlantic Wire that Jackson Black's costume had exploited a "sacred" symbol of the white supremacist organization.
"The Klan has several sacred symbols and the robe is one of them," Jenkins reportedly said. "I don't know where she's getting that from. None of this is a joke."
On Saturday, a Virginia mother defended her decision to permit her 7-year-old child to dress up as a KKK member for Halloween, saying it is a family tradition.
“My brother has when he was in Kindergarten and when he was 13,” Jessica Black said, after her son’s costume ignited heated controversy in the small town of Craigsville.
“I did tell him that if you do it, you know there’s going to be people talking about you, there’s going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it,” she added.
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