William Walters, grand dragon of the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, aka the Ku Klux Klan, got the boot from his five-year post on a neighborhood watch in Philadelphia earlier this year after city officials learned that he was passing out KKK recruitment literature while on the job, reports Philadelphia magazine.
“We received information that Bill had been distributing fliers in the neighborhood trying to recruit new members,” said Tacony Town Watch President Joe Nicoletti of Walters’ expulsion, according to the magazine. “And part of our bylaws state that members must promote harmony in the neighborhood, and we all know that harmony is not what the KKK is about.”
Apparently, no one knew that Walter was heading the hate group until the fliers popped up.
Walter has been a KKK member for 30 years and has lived in the neighborhood for the last 20. He also served as Republican committeeman in Philly’s 65th Ward for more than a decade until his recent ouster.
Walter is stunned by his dismissal and claims that he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs. “We are a conservative Christian group. My rights were infringed upon. I can’t believe in what I want to?” he said, according to Philadelphia magazine. “This has infringed on my First Amendment rights. It’s reverse discrimination.”
“I know we have a bad name, but it’s not that way no more,” he asserted. “When was the last time a black or Hispanic got hung on a tree? We’re basically the same thing as the town watch. We want to try to get rid of the trash coming in.”
Walters also went on Fox News radio host Alan Colmes’ show this week to explain his perspective, Raw Story reports. There he described the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire as a “white Christian organization.” Colmes chimed in to remind him that it was unlikely that Jesus was white and that he was most likely an olive-skinned person of Mediterranean descent.
After a long pause, Walter responded, “I don’t know that,” adding, according to Raw Story, “He’s not black, either.”
Colmes asked Walter why his group limits its membership to white Christians, and Walter responded that the NAACP is an exclusive organization. The radio host then reminded him that white people are able to join.