CRAIGSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) – Halloween. So much fun to see neighborhoods crawling with little superheroes, miniature pirates and princesses and tiny members of the KKK. But before judgement is passed on the mother of the 7-year-old Craigsville boy who donned the flowing white robes and matching pointy hat in his pursuit of much candy, perhaps it’s best to have that mother explain the thought process.
According to Jessica Black, whose son trick or treated dressed as a Klansman, it’s all part of the family tradition.
“My brother was when he was in Kindergarten and when he was 13,” said the proud mother who made the White Supremacist costume for her 7-year-old son upon his request. “I did tell him that 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,” she said.
Neighbor Wendi Sprouse saw Jackson Black in full Klan gear that night and said,”I just think it’s really sad that a kid is being taught that. That young, because they don’t know any better. You don’t hear that much about it. It’s not ok, you’re offending a lot of people by one little action.”
But Jackson’s mom contends there is not only nothing wrong with the costume, there is nothing wrong with the KKK which she says still exists in Craigsville: “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.”
So let me get this straight…white with white is represented by the first K. Black with black by the second K. Man with woman and all that falls under the umbrella of the third K. And here I thought KKK stood for Ku Klux Klan.
A local reporter asked the 7-year-old where he got the idea to wear the costume and he told her he had first seen it in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. She also asked him if he’d still wear the costume even if it upset people. The answer: an unequivocal Yes.
The reporter asked the boy why he wore costume and the boy said “Cuz it was cool.” When pressed as to what was cool about it, Jackson said, “the hat part.”
Absolutely mind boggling why a mother would possibly allow a 7-year-old to watch Fried Green Tomatoes.