Empowering the innocent

We recently published the first of a three-part series of the presence of the Klu Klux Klan in Fulton County.

Part II is in today’s paper.

Social media was equally divided between spreading a light on something evil growing like a cancer in our community and how dare we give this group a platform.

Individuals will choose to be a part of such groups on their own free will. As a news organization, it is our responsibility to print the news — even news we do not want to know about.

As a news organization, we chose to let the local community know this organization, the KKK, is here and they have declared they are not going anywhere.

The KKK has claimed, despite their contradictory statements, that they are not a hate organization, and that it has one mission — divide and conquer through hate. If you are any part black, hispanic, or any ethnic background other than “white American,” you don’t belong here, according to the KKK. Believe it or not, most of us would not pass being “white American.”

As a melting pot, Americans are made up of so many ethnic backgrounds, including black, hispanic and of Jewish descent.

While some readers have been upset the Leader-Herald reported on the presence of this group, these articles are meant to show our readers they have a choice.

We are not trying to scare anyone. Fear is what these types of organizations thrive on. Some readers have expressed they are now afraid. Knowing what can harm you and your livlihood is empowerment. We sought to empower the members of this community who do not want this type of organization as a neighbor.

We can pull together and let this organization know we do not need them here, or we can pretend they don’t exist.

Being responsible for reporting the news is a huge responsibility. This is front page news. The KKK is here and they want to recruit you, your neighbor, and your children.

It is up to us to say no, you are not welcome here and it is up to us as a news organization to make our readership aware of the dangers that lurk as close as your neighborhood park, even if that news makes you uncomfortable.