This past Halloween certainly did not pass without its fair share of controversies, from dead Trayvon Martin costumes, gun wielding George Zimmerman costumes, and even costumes depicting President Obama in a straight jacket between two security guards, but one costume choice is likely the most questionable one of them all, as a woman named Jessica Black from Craigsville, Va. allowed her 7-year-old son, Jackson Black, to dress up in a Ku Klux Klan costume for a night of Halloween fun.
The story was reported on WHSV on Saturday, where Jessica was asked about her decision to allow her son, who was sitting beside her, to wear such incendiary clothing.
And not surprisingly, Jessica defended her actions describing the KKK costume choice as a family tradition, as she explained how her brother wore the same costume when he was 13-years-old.
She also said that she did explain to her son that such a costume could cause trouble.
“I did tell him that if you do it, you know there's going to be people talking about you, there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it.”
Jessica then went on to explicate how the KKK still exists in Craigsville, which could explain why she stated that she sees nothing wrong wearing the costume.
“It's supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That's what the KKK stands for. The KKK every year, raises money to donate to the St. Jude's.”
And in a very telling moment during the interview, an African-American reporter for WHSV, Anna-Lysa-Gayle, sat beside little Jackson Black, who was wearing the infamous KKK hood.
After informing Gayle that he learned about the costume from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” he told Gayle that he thought the costume was “cool.”
Gayle asked him: “What was cool about it?” Jackson responded very innocently as only a child can and said “the hat part,” as he also admitted that he would wear the costume again when Gayle asked him.
WHSV also interviewed one of the shocked neighbors, Wendi Sprouse, who witnessed the child in the KKK costume.
“I just think it's really sad that a kid is being taught that, that young, because they don't know any better.”
Now little Jackson Black’s mother told WHSV that she has received numerous threats via Facebook, because an unknown person posted the photo of her son in the KKK robe to WHSV’s Facebook page.
Jessica can blame the negative publicity that she is receiving on WHSV or on Facebook all she wants, but the blame is squarely on her. She said that she explained to her son about how people would say “bad things” about him for wearing the costume.
Maybe she doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand that more “bad things” will be said about her than about her child, because she is the overseer who allowed it to happen, and the Facebook threats and the outrage against her proves that!
How did she expect people to react? The world is a lot bigger than Craigsville, and the Internet has connected it unlike anything else, and as a mother in this social media, highly technological age, she has to understand that.
Little Jackson Black is just a child who probably likes to watch movies, and judging by his responses, a KKK robe is nothing more than a comic book character’s outfit in his eyes, and you cannot blame him for that. Once again, that responsibility falls all over his KKK-friendly mother.
But what is the most primitive and the most disturbing aspect of Jessica’s pro-KKK actions was her clumsy rendition of the KKK doctrine, where whites should be with whites, blacks with blacks, men with women, and a historically, bloody, murderous, lynching rope for anyone who chooses not to follow it, which she dubiously omitted!
Someone needs to tell Jessica that whenever she allows her son to put on his KKK costume, he is wearing the KKK doctrine that goes along with it, and so is she (Jessica).
In fact, as a mother or anyone else should know, it's almost impossible to wear it (any KKK memorabilia) without supporting it in the eyes of world.
And as for Jessica’s claim that the KKK writes a check to St. Jude’s every year, why would the KKK raise money for an organization that supports people who arguably overwhelmingly want nothing to do with anything the it stands for?
This proves two things. One, contrary to conservative beliefs and talking points, racism is alive and well in the United States of America.
And two, it is just as ignorantly inept, directionally out-of-touch, and chronically two-faced as it has ever been!