Pro-KKK Publisher Says He’s Off to ‘Sex Young Women’

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Earlier this week, Goodloe Sutton, the editor and publisher of a small local paper in western Alabama published an editorial calling for the “Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” and “clean up” Washington DC with a few choice lynchings.

Sutton later clarified: “It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?”

Alas that did not really clarify things. And, unsurprisingly, a further review of the paper’s archives showed countless other racist diatribes and controversies. This Alabama J-School prof lamented how Sutton had been treated and even received awards as a member in good standing of the journalism community, especially its critical local journalism sector, despite being a notorious racist.

Now comes news that the 80 year old Sutton has retired from his management of the paper and will now “drink beer and sex young women.”

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Goodloe Sutton (R), a newspaper editor from Alabama, presents the International Press Freedom Award in recognition of Agence France-Presse Eritrean correspondent Ruth Simon (L, photo on screen) 24 November during a ceremony sponsored by the “Committee To Protect Journalists” in New York. Simon, unable to attend, has been held in detention since 25 April 1997 for reporting that Eritrean troops were fighting alongside rebel forces in neighboring Sudan. Gremah Boucar of Niger, Gustavo Gorriti, a Peruvian currently living in Panama, Goenawan Mohamad of Indonesia and Pavel Sheremet of Belarus were also recipients. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

And that is not the most curious part of it. Sutton says he has turned the paper over to an African-American woman named Elecia Dexter, who he says has worked at the paper for a number of years. Here’s a press release about the handover.

The follow up reporting is mainly from Chip Brownlee, writing in the Alabama Political Reporter. As he notes, it’s not completely clear what this handover means since Sutton and his family have owned the paper for decades. And it’s not clear he’s sold it. As with many local papers, the paper has become a shadow of its former self. So perhaps it wasn’t possible to sell it or he just gave it to her. Notably, Brownlee wasn’t able to get any response from Dexter or seemingly to find out much more about her.

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