Last week there was quite a bit of chatter about the woman who was killed for dipping out on a Klan initiation ceremony.
Today, there is news that a jury has awarded $2.5 million in damages to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of a Ku Klux Klan group. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he was beaten because they mistakenly thought he was an illegal Latino immigrant. As if that would have been a good enough reason.
The victim is an American citizen of Panamanian and Native-American descent.
The verdict included $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages against “Imperial Wizard” Ron Edwards.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the verdict could break the Klan group . This would allow the teen and the law center to seize the KKK’s assets, including its headquarters, a 15-acre compound in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Talk about sweet justice.
Southern Poverty Law Center, founder and chief trial attorney Morris Dees, who tried the case said;
“We look forward to collecting every dime that we can for our client and to putting the Imperial Klans of America out of business,”
According to testimony, three members of the Klan group confronted the boy in July 2006 during a recruiting mission at the Meade County Fair in Brandenberg, Kentucky. Recruiting at a County Fair…did they run out of chili and pie? They taunted the boy with ethnic slurs, spat on him and doused him with alcohol . Two of the men knocked the boy to the ground and repeatedly struck and kicked him. Wonder if the beer tent closed early that day.
The KKK is obsolete and society wants to let them know it.
Membership in the KKK exceeded 4 million in 1920s. Today there are only a few thousand members in splinter groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were seven active Klan organizations in Louisiana in 2007, the last time the civil rights law firm tracked hate groups. They track hate groups nationwide.
Maybe the KKK will get it when they start answering to the nation’s first African American President.