Here’s a First: KKK and NAACP Hold a Meeting

A first-ever sit-down between the white supremacist group the and historically black civil rights group

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Alan Rogers / Casper Star-Tribune / AP

The leadership of the NAACP Casper branch speak with John Abarr, far right, a kleagle of the United Klans of America out of Great Falls, Mont., on Saturday night, Aug. 31, 2013 at the Parkway Plaza hotel in Casper, Wyo.

Representatives from the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP met secretly at a Wyoming hotel last weekend in the first-ever meeting between the white supremacist group and the historically black civil rights group, the Associated Press reports.

Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper, Wyo. branch of the NAACP, said he wanted to discuss race relations, reports of KKK literature being distributed in the state and alleged beatings of black men. John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., who acted as the Klan’s representative at the meeting, said he knew nothing of the beatings or the distribution of literature.

Critics say that the meeting was a mistake for the NAACP. “I think it’s outrageous and counterproductive,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. “It gives legitimacy to the Klan as an organization you can talk to.”

But the meeting ended with Abarr paying $50 to join the civil rights organization. He told the AP that he filled out the membership form so he could get some insight into the organization’s views.

[AP]

42 comments
KittyCan2
KittyCan2

I actually like seeing them sit down and actually discuss among each other in a mature manner. I wouldn't side with either one of em though because neither group represents the American population as a WHOLE. When a group chooses to represent America, they will represent the country AS IT IS, not as THEY WANT IT TO BE. Or else it just makes the group appear as though they're living in a fantasy world and losing touch from reality with every step of "action" they take.

jsmithcsa
jsmithcsa

Two groups of racists meeting. Nothing was said there I have any interest in reading.

applefellup
applefellup

I'd side with the KKK, at least they are white, like ALL the founding fathers.

spamme2deth
spamme2deth

How sad - It's like Stallone and Schwarzenegger starring in a movie together.  Two groups that totally lost relevance and a sense of identity..

Duffman
Duffman

1 tiny step in the right direction perhaps. Maybe I'm too optomistic...

Openminded1
Openminded1

Racist talking to racist about racism sounds interesting.

emakenny
emakenny

@TIME Notwithstanding criticism from any quarters, I think its a welcome idea dat KKK nd NAACP meet in closed doors like humans do.

jaywalk1
jaywalk1

@cndavis @GeeDee215 I did. What are your thoughts? I'm really wondering what they expected to gain from this...on both sides.

blkbtrfly75
blkbtrfly75

@TIME WTF??? Just as I was giving the NAACP credit for being relevant again, they pull this stunt? @ncnaacp talk to your brethren please!

MrParison
MrParison

@TIME Like the guy said at the end of this. I don't like this cause now they might feel like they are a real organization. Dislike

ebookeaglesplus
ebookeaglesplus

@TIME Hi - The kkk goon squad came sheetless rather than in sheet "masks"...which is their signature cowardly cover up m.o.?

ebookeaglesplus
ebookeaglesplus

@TIME Hi - Is the kkk goon squad coming sheetless or covered, which is their signature cowardly cover up m.o.?

maxabriljr@gmail.com
maxabriljr@gmail.com

Hey Abarr, you just got rip off by Simmons. If you wanted to "get some insight" into the NAACP, all you had to do was to Google it. You stupid idiot. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@kgamadim @molisem No never all the guys on the NAACP side love white women, they just hate white men and the black women well they everyone that is white, mostly white women who take there black men away from there beds.

cndavis
cndavis

@jaywalk1 @GeeDee215 One believes it's in the midst of a race war, the other advocates for civil/social justice. Don't see much to grow on.

blkbtrfly75
blkbtrfly75

@kit0619ren @TIME Nope they're still beating and disappearing black men. Not so much raping black women and lynching though.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@maxabriljr@gmail.com Or he could have taken a walk in harlem or watts to gain some real insight. Nothing like first hand face to face communication.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@cndavis @jaywalk1 @GeeDee215 What race war, you mean the one were blacks use the race card for everything, which does not help one step forward 3 steps black. look who is in the white house, you really do not think he got there on the black vote do you.