In the same week that Georgia’s Department of Education fired a top schools official for posting racist, homophobic and anti-Muslim comment to Facebook, a Georgia Republican lawmaker defends the Ku Klux Klan.
State Rep. Tommy Benton defended the KKK in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Benton said there are two sides to that story as well. Following the Civil War, the Klan “was not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order,” he said.
“It made a lot of people straighten up,” he said. “I’m not saying what they did was right. It’s just the way things were.”
Rep. Benton offered his defense of the Klan to support his proposed legislation that would amend the state constitution to permanently protect the carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at Stone Mountain.
For anyone who believes racism is dead in the United State, including the U.S. Supreme Court, they need to only look to Georgia this week to be proven wrong.