7-year-old's KKK Halloween costume stirs controversy - KMSP-TV

7-year-old's KKK Halloween costume stirs controversy

Posted: Updated: Nov 3, 2013 09:49 PM
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CRAIGSVILLE, VA -

Halloween is over, but the controversy surrounding one child's costume remains.

Neighbors were outraged to see the 7-year-old dressed up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but his family says the costume is seen as a family tradition.

The child said he wanted to wear the costume because "it looked cool," after seeing it in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes."

His mother, Jessica Black, says there is nothing wrong with the costume, or the KKK, which still has a strong presence in their hometown of Craigsville, Virginia.

"I did tell him that, you know, if you do it, you know there's going to be people talking about you, there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it," said Jessica.

A neighbor, Wendy Sprouse, said, "I just think it's really sad like that a kid is being taught that, that young. Because they don't know any better. You don't hear that much about it nowadays."

"It's suppose to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That's what the KKK stands for. The KKK every year, raises money to donate to the St. Jude's," said Jessica.

Sprouse added, "It's not okay, you're offending a lot of people by one little action."

Jessica says that she has received several threats on Facebook after posting a photo of her son wearing the costume.

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