A Montana man says he is looking to take the “white” out of white supremacy by forming a new, supposedly all-inclusive chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
John Abarr, a longtime member of various white power organizations including the KKK, has dubbed his spinoff group “the Rocky Mountain Knights,” the Great Falls Tribue reported on Monday.
In a move almost identical to a famous “Mr. Show” sketch, Abarr said he is looking to rebrand the KKK as a hate-free, purely “fraternal” organization.
“White supremacy is the old Klan,” he told the Tribune. “This is the new Klan.”
He said his group will make a point not to discriminate against anyone due to race, religion or sexual orientation, the Tribune reported. The focus, Abarr said, will instead be on stopping agents of the “New World Order” attempting to bring on a tyrannical global government.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, his attempt at a founding hate-free hate group has raised eyebrows, both among civil rights groups and the old-school Klan, according to the Tribune.
A representative of the NAACP, which held a meeting with Abarr last year, said he believes Abarr is trying to change but insisted the recruiter should drop any trace of the KKK label.
Meanwhile, the imperial wizard of United Klans of America, Bradley Jenkins, has reportedly blasted Abarr as an opportunist.
“That man’s going against everything the bylaws of the constitution of the KKK say,” Jenkins said, according to the newspaper. “He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career.”