After Teen Jesus, Another Halloween Costume Controversy: Seven-Year-Old in Virginia Dresses as KKK Member

“It’s supposed to be white with white. Black with black. Man with woman and all of that,” Jessica Black of Craigsville, Virginia, explained to her local TV station. A reporter had asked her why she would let her seven-year-old son dress as a KKK member for Halloween — and her answer was, in part, that it’s a valued family tradition. Nothing wrong with the Ku Klux Klan, Ms. Black emphasized.

Jessica Black next to her costumed son

For some totally fact-based background information on how the KKK got its name (and its white-sheet get-up), look no further than my favorite comedy duo, David Mitchell and Robert Webb:

Anyway, after the Jesus-costume post, and now the KKK one, I am done with Halloween for the year. Don’t forget to check back in about 12 months, when we’ll no doubt have news of kids going dressed as presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Now that’s scary.

(Thanks to GubbaBumpkin for the tip)

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.


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