Klan leader: We’re not a hate group

CECIL COUNTY, Md. — Members of the Ku Klux Klan repeatedly told people in attendance at a meeting in Cecil County on Friday night that they don’t have a problem with people of other colors. They’re just part of an organization that wants to take back their country, which they feel is going down the wrong path. “If we don’t stop Barack Obama, if we don’t stop this government all together that is running us into the ground, working us like dogs, so that they can keep taking it and giving it to somebody else, we’re not going to have a country,” said Richard Preston, imperial wizard of the 2-year-old Confederate White Knights of Rosedale, Md., said. Preston spoke to about 50 people in attendance at the Cecil County Administration Building near Elkton. Friday’s meeting was part of an ongoing attempt by this group and other Klan chapters to gain support for their organization and to start shedding their hate-group image. But not all in the assembly are buying the Klan’s new image. Kalil Zaky, an African American, asked Preston how the Klan was not considered a hate group based on its history. Preston said the Klan was not a hate group, adding others have labeled it as such. Preston did say there were things done during the Civil Rights era that were wrong, but they are no longer this group. “We can only ask you to trust us,” Preston told him. Zaky, who left before the nearly two-hour meeting ended, was not convinced. “It doesn’t make sense,” Zaky said. “I don’t understand how you can have that kind of reputation and how you can do all those awful things. … If that’s what they want to do and if they’re not a hate group any more they should just take a whole different approach.” The group and other Klan chapters are planning to have more public meetings across the country.

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