John Abarr, a KKK organizer, "former white supremacist" and GOP Congressional candidate, has founded a new branch of the Klan called the Rocky Mountain Knights that is open to membership by people of color, LGBT people, and Jews (Abarr has also joined the NAACP).
Imperial Wizard of the KKK Bradley Jenkins has denounced Abarr as a political opportunist who is hoping to further his political career at the expense of the Klan's core mission.
The requirements for joining the new KKK group, called the Rocky Mountain Knights, are to be aged 18 and live in the Pacific Northwest.
Some black people have already expressed an interest in joining, after John Abarr organised a summit with civil rights groups.
Abarr, who has claimed that he is a former white supremacist, told the Great Falls Tribune, "The KKK is for a strong America. White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan."
Abarr has organised a peace summit with religious groups and the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) next summer.
Ku Klux Klan Opens its Doors to Hispanic, Blacks, Jews and Gays [Fiona Keating/International Business Times]
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(Image: Armed Klansman in southeastern Ohio, 1987, Paul Walsh, CC-BY-SA)
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