Two universities are withdrawing awards for a small-town newspaper editor advocating for a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.
Auburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi decided on Tuesday to rescind previous honors for Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama.
An editorial published last week began: "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again." The editorial says Democrats and "Democrats in the Republican Party" are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama, so the Klan should raid "gated communities" where they live.
Sutton told the Montgomery Advertiser he wrote the February 14 editorial and stands by it. During an interview, Sutton suggested lynchings as a way to clean up Washington. Sutton also questioned whether the KKK is violent, claiming America's most feared white supremacist terrorist organisation "didn't kill but a few people."