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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 09:19 AM

Ex-KKK member who marched in Charlottesville denounces hate groups


A former leader of the Klu Klux Klan who participated in the white nationalist march last year in Charlottesville, Va., has denounced hate groups.

Ken Parker was once a grand dragon of the KKK and wore the uniform of the National Socialist Movement, an American neo-Nazi group, NBC News reported Thursday.

“I want to say I’m sorry. I do apologize,” Parker said in Jacksonville, Fla., after renouncing his white supremacist beliefs. “I know I’ve spread hate and discontent through this city immensely — probably made little kids scared to sleep in their own beds in their own neighborhoods.”

He said he needed to “stand up” for his white race last year when he attended the violent Unite the Right rally that ended in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

“It was thinly veiled [as an effort] to save our monuments, to save our heritage,” Parker told NBC News about the rally. “But we knew when we went in there that it was gonna turn into a racially heated situation, and it wasn't going to work out good for either side.”

At the protest, Parker met filmmaker Deeyah Khan, who was working on a documentary about hate groups called “White Right: Meeting the Enemy.”

Inside a Charlottesville parking garage, Parker told NBC News that he was touched by Khan’s kindness.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/401218-ex-kkk-member-who-marched-in-charlottesville-denounces-hate

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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 09:46 AM

1. Stories like this actually give me hope and the belief that Love does make a difference....

I personally believe so many of the people on the racist hate side have been surrounded and raised on hate and know nothing different. They are scared and angry. If only there could be more of them that could find love in their hearts like this man.

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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 10:20 AM

2. Barely a year after he was marching with them.

I will wait a bit more until I believe this guy. You don't get to be a grand dragon of the kkk if you aren't deeply steeped into white supremacy.

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