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Democratic lawmaker facing criticism for Limbaugh meme

Feb. 13, 2020 2:48 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The head of Delaware's Republican Party is calling for the resignation of a Democratic state senator who shared an image on social media suggesting that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Senate Majority Whip Bryan Townsend posted the meme on...

Authorities: Deputies confront black man wearing KKK robe

Feb. 12, 2020 7:20 AM EST

STAFFORD COURTHOUSE, Va. (AP) — A black man seen wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood at a Virginia shopping center Tuesday told sheriff's deputies that he was performing a social experiment, according to authorities. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office was called to a Target store at the Stafford...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest is displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020,  remained torn on whether to support a proposal the removal of a contentious bust of a former Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure encourages the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest be removed from the Tennessee Capitol and instead be replaced with an “appropriate tribute to a deserving Tennessean.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Tennessee reps decide not to decide on Confederate statue

Feb. 4, 2020 5:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican-led legislative panel has decided not to decide, for now, whether it thinks a bust of a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader should be removed from the Tennessee Capitol. The House committee on Naming, Designating, & Private Acts voted Tuesday to...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo, Rev. David Kennedy stands outside the Echo Theater holding a photo of his great uncle's lynching, in Laurens, S.C. Kennedy has fought for civil rights in South Carolina for decades. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

Pastor's fight against KKK becomes movie that may aid battle

Jan. 29, 2020 3:43 PM EST

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Not many years ago in a small, rural South Carolina town stood The Redneck Shop — a racist emporium and Ku Klux Klan museum housed in an old theater, where white supremacist neo-Nazis gave heil-Hitler salutes and flaunted swastikas and Rebel flags. That building, once the...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest is displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020,  remained torn on whether to support a proposal the removal of a contentious bust of a former Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure encourages the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest be removed from the Tennessee Capitol and instead be replaced with an “appropriate tribute to a deserving Tennessean.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Tennessee lawmakers debate Confederate bust removal

Jan. 29, 2020 7:44 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers appear divided over a proposal supporting the removal of a bust honoring a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the state's Capitol. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure would encourage replacing the bust of Nathan...

FILE - In an Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, David Duke arrives to give remarks after a white nationalist protest was declared an unlawful assembly, in Charlottesville, Va. Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, has agreed to pay Bill Burke, of Athens, Ohio, $5,000 to settle allegations that Burke was severely injured during a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally two years ago in Virginia attended by Duke, according to attorneys and court documents. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)

David Duke agrees to pay $5K to man hurt at Virginia rally

Jan. 23, 2020 2:36 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has agreed to pay an Ohio man $5,000 after the man alleged he was severely injured during a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally two years ago in Virginia attended by Duke, according to attorneys and court documents. Bill Burke, of Athens, Ohio,...

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2017 file photo shows a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in a park in Memphis, Tenn. On Friday, Jan. 7, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee's office said he will introduce legislation that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Tennessee governor wants to amend day that honors KKK leader

Jan. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee's office confirmed Friday that the Republican, who has previously expressed his displeasure...

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner speaks Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in St. Louis. Gardner on Monday filed what she called an unprecedented federal civil rights lawsuit, accusing the city, the local police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

St. Louis prosecutor invokes 'Ku Klux Klan Act' in lawsuit

Jan. 15, 2020 9:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis's elected top prosecutor says the city, its police union and others violated a Civil War-era law by allegedly engaging in a racist conspiracy to force her from office and prevent her from reforming racist practices. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said the...

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner speaks Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in St. Louis. Gardner on Monday filed what she called an unprecedented federal civil rights lawsuit, accusing the city, the local police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

St. Louis prosecutor: Racist interests try to force her out

Jan. 13, 2020 6:36 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Monday filed what she called an unprecedented federal civil rights lawsuit, accusing the city, the local police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. Gardner, the city's elected prosecutor, also...