First black Klan member

In 1981, Louis Proctor became the first black member of the KKK. Apparently this was a more liberal, Canadian chapter of the Klan that had announced they would accept black members (to prove they weren't white supremacists). So Proctor took them up on their offer. He explained, "I figure if we can get all the Jews and blacks to join the Klan, we can put a stop to the racial trouble in Canada."

The only follow-up story I can find about Proctor is from 1985, by which time he was in prison and suing the state because he hadn't been protected from being beaten up and losing sight in one eye.

I wonder if he remains the only black Klan member.

Calgary Sun - Aug 14, 1981



Orlando Sentinel - Apr 17, 1985

     Posted By: Alex - Mon May 14, 2018
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I recall a story about a guy in a small Idaho town answering a mail-order ad from the Klan seeking new members. The Klansmen were real happy to get his letter and encouraged him to start a new chapter. That's when he revealed he was black. What happened next, I don't know.
Posted by Phred22 on 05/14/18 at 03:40 PM
This brought to mind that scene in "Blazing Saddles":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=493pL_Vbtnc
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 05/14/18 at 06:47 PM
The flip side of this is that story a few years back about the hardcore KKK guy who got his DNA tested and found out he was one-quarter black
Posted by Brian in Denial on 05/14/18 at 10:17 PM
Sometime in the mid-90s, I heard a Klan chapter (in Arizona?) was advertising for a seamstress to make robes, and they listed themselves as an equal-opportunity employer.
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 05/14/18 at 11:11 PM









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