Georgia lawmaker Tommy Benton says Ku Klux Klan wasn’t racist but were vigilantes who kept ‘law and order’
A Georgia lawmaker is bizarrely trying to rebrand the Ku Klux Klan.
Georgia State Rep. Tommy Benton, a Republican, claims the KKK isn’t a racist terrorist organization but nothing more than “a vigilante thing to keep law and order,” as part of his latest effort to preserve the South’s history.
Benton made the inflammatory remarks in light of a new bill, introduced Wednesday, which he co-sponsored that would preserve the Stone Mountain site in Georgia, where Confederate leaders are carved onto the side of a rock and where the KKK launched a rebirth in 1915.
Benton said the destruction of the site is akin to the “cultural terrorism” ISIS is waging throughout the Middle East.
“That’s no better than what ISIS is doing, destroying museums and monuments,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I feel very strongly about this. I think it has gone far enough. There is some idea out there that certain parts of history out there don’t matter anymore and that’s a bunch of bunk.”
Benton introduced the bill in response to Senate Bill 294, which would forbid the state from recognizing Confederate holidays, proposed by Sen. Vincent Fort.
“For him to degenerate into that kind of name calling is beneath a response from me,” Fort, a Democrat, told the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution.