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KKK Unwittingly Makes Donation To Klanwatch, NAACP

October 22, 1993

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Money the Ku Klux Klan used to buy a newspaper advertisement touting white supremacy was donated to the predominantly black NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

″This was a first,″ Edward Ashworth, executive director of the Montgomery-based SPLC, said Thursday. The group’s Klanwatch unit sends monthly intelligence reports to 6,000 law-enforcement agencies.

Stephen C. May, owner the weekly Times of Acadiana, sent each of the civil rights organizations half the $900 the Bayou Knights of the KKK paid for last week’s ad.

The ad laid out the platform of the Bayou Knights chapter. For instance, it said the Klan supports ″a three-tiered school system with white schools, black schools and integrated schools, thus allowing for freedom of choice.″

The Times accepted the KKK’s ad because ″it’s better to shine a light on these cockroaches than to pretend that they’re not there,″ May told The Wall Street Journal.

May and his wife, Cherry Fisher May, the paper’s co-publisher, printed a signed editorial explaining how the paper reached its decision and where the money went.

The Lafayette, La., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People used its $450 for a black scholarship fund.

Roger Harris, the grand dragon of the Bayou knights of the KKK, was galled by newspaper’s donations.

″I have to swallow hard, I really do,″ he said.

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