The white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan in Missouri have declared they will use “lethal force” against Ferguson protesters if they demonstrate in the event Mike Brown’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson, is not charged with murder by the grand jury.
The Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK distributed fliers saying protesters have “awakened a sleeping giant,” and will resort to “lethal force” to defend themselves from “terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protesters.’”.
“You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan!” the flier reads, according to New York magazine. “There will be consequences for your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.”
Chris Hayes of MSNBC facilitated Frank Ancona to rationalize why the organization issued threats of violence. “Actually it’s addressing the people who are making these terroristic threats and letting them know that the people of Missouri have rights too,” Ancona said, denying that he is fanning the flames of racial animus. “There are remedies under the law. The flier, if you read it, it says ‘defend’, it talks about defense. So, in order to defend yourself, that means you’re being attacked.”
Hayes, who received backlash for hosting the racist organization, defended his decision to interview Ancona:
“I still think it was the right call, in fact I may even feel that *more* strongly than I did last night. That said, I 100% understand why some people don’t see it that way. We debated and wrestled with whether or not to do it and weighed the pros and cons and ultimately decided there was real news/journalistic value in putting him on,” Hayes said.
“We wouldn’t have booked him to give us “his take” or “weigh in” on what’s going in Ferguson or some other story. We interviewed him because he was actually the person distributing those fliers.”