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December 31, 2014 4:15 pm

Former KKK Leader Claims He Has ‘Lots of Jewish Friends,’ Calls Himself ‘Human Rights Activist’

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Former KKK leader David Duke does not consider himself a racist, he told UK's Guardian newspaper. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke claimed not to be a racist during an interview with a Guardian reporter published on Wednesday and asserted that he has “a lot of friends who are Jewish.”

“I call myself a human rights activist,” Duke stressed.

Duke is back in the news because of Steve Scalise, the current House majority whip, who was revealed by a Louisiana blogger to have attended a 2002 conference of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by Duke.

Born in Oklahoma, the son of an oil company engineer, Duke attended Louisiana State University in the 1960s, with the civil rights movement stirring around him. He became infamous on campus for wearing swastika armbands and giving pro-Nazi speeches, the Guardian reported. When civil rights activist William Kunstler gave a speech at Tulane University in New Orleans, Duke attended wearing a Nazi uniform.

In 1967, after graduating from LSU, Duke founded the Ku Klux Klan splinter group the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK) and became the group’s Grand Wizard.

Looking back, Duke said he regretted his involvement with the Klan.

“I’m a human being, I made mistakes,” he said.

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  • Some of us are prone to making bigger mistakes than others and being grand wizard of the KKKK is pretty big by any standard! Where have I heard that ‘some of my best friends are . . . .’? I accept that Steve Scaleze may not have known what the European-American Unity and Rights Organization was. I’m also not too surprised that The Guadian would print that America’s best known racist has ‘lots of friends who are Jewish’.

  • charlie johnson

    He is very popular among liberal/socialist .They owe a lot to him. They use him as a scarecrow to keep their voters in the ghetto .Buy yet they find Islamic extremist attractive. I find out what every group has to say.That includes Louie Ferrikhan. All groups have a few legitimate complaints as does Ferrikhan. They have a right to express their views. As long as they remain peaceful they are not a great concern for me. I think enough good Americans have died in wars to defend the freedom of speech . Look at the nations where it does not exist. Iran has a large crane to dangle it’s citizen on who does not fall in lock step with the hangman that owns the nation.