WATCH: Florida Man Claims Ku Klux Klan Flag And Noose Aren’t About Hate

Ku Klux Klan flag and noose are not about hate, man claims.

A Florida man claims the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan flag, and noose outside of his home are not about hate. You’ve got to see it to believe it.

I’ll come out and say it:  not all Republicans are racist. I know, it’s not the most popular view among Democrats, but it’s the truth. There’s no denying, though, that there are numerous members of the GOP out there with racist tendencies who like to say that they’re not really racist and that someone is simply calling them that because they don’t have a better argument. In fact, a man in Florida is now likely saying the same thing, and we can finally sort through the serious racists in the party by simply asking whether or not they agree with this individual.

Flying High Over the Sunshine State

Margaret Martin lives in a neighborhood in West Boca Raton, FL where she’d like to live out her years in peace, but the man who lives across from her has ensured that her “happy ending” isn’t going to be that easily attainable. Kelsey Hayes, an individual who claims to do recruiting for Florida’s Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan, has decided that he wants to fly both the Confederate and the Ku Klux Klan flag outside of his home.

There’s obviously debate still going on, wouldn’t you know it, along party lines, over whether or not the Confederate flag is racist or not. This writer, for one, found irrefutable evidence, straight out of the mouths of the Confederate forefathers, proving that the Civil War was about slavery. When added to the fact that the Klan has flown this flag around at rallies since their inception, it would seem obvious that it’s racist.

We’ll overlook that for now, though, and focus on the Klan flag. The KKK is, and always has been, a terrorist organization. Hayes and his wife, though, don’t see the Klan flag as hateful. In fact, they both had something to say after Hayes compared his flying the Klan flag out front to a Puerto Rican flying their flag:

Husband:  “He’s proud of his heritage, I’m proud of mine.” Wife:  “It’s nothing, it doesn’t mean anything. We’re not hurtful.”

Funnily enough, this isn’t even the worst of it.

Can’t even give Him the Benefit of the Doubt

Let’s pretend, for half a second, that Hayes is telling the truth and neither the Confederate flag or being a member of the Klan constitutes racism. Definitely a hard pill to swallow, but let’s pretend that we’re in Topsy Turvy World today.

In this world, you’d even have to overlook the fact that he has a “Members Wanted” sign out front, because in Topsy Turvy World, the Klan isn’t racist; so he’s obviously just trying to just bring in more members to his non-racist group which just so happens to have been engaged in a terrorist movement that has spanned from countless lynchings since 1865 to planning to kill 88 African-American students before assassinating America’s first black president.

Ignoring all of that, what could possibly explain the fact that Hayes also has a noose hanging in his front yard? That’s right, on top of a Confederate and Klan flag flying out front, he literally has a noose tied up out front. Across the street from his black neighbor. When reporters asked the man what the noose symbolized, he had an amazing response:

“Just a prop, just an ornament for my lawn… It’s just an ornament, it doesn’t symbolize anything.”

So there you have it folks:  the Confederate-loving Klan member with a noose outside of his home is just respecting his heritage and decorating his lawn.

Something to Consider

On a closing note, Hayes isn’t the first to make such an idiotic claim. The imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK actually said:

“We do not hate anyone. The true Ku Klux Klan is an organization that is looking out for the interests of the white race. It is a fraternal organization, and we do good works.”

Well looking at the fact that only about 29% of those in the House of Representatives are black, over 97% of our presidents have been white, and between 98% and 99% of all millionaires in America are white, it’s hard to understand why I, as a white individual, need someone to look out for my best interests.

I will throw this out there, though, to all of the non-racist Republicans. If my political party suddenly started attracting racists, neo-Nazis, and other bigots, I’d take a real long and hard look at what my core values were.

If it doesn’t make you sick, you can watch this video on the story of Mr. Hayes here: