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KKK grand dragon kicked off neighborhood watch

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When George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, he gave neighborhood watches a bad name.

A man named William Walters in Philadelphia has done little to improve it.

Philadelphia Magazine reported that Walters was removed from Northeast Philadelphia’s Tacony Town Watch earlier this year.

The problem? He was recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan, according to the watch. He’s a Klan grand dragon, it reported.

“We received information that Bill had been distributing flyers in the neighborhood trying to recruit new members,” town watch president Joe Nicoletti told Philadelphia Magazine. “And part of our bylaws state that members must promote harmony in the neighborhood, and we all know that harmony is not what the KKK is about.”

Walters disagreed.

“We’re basically the same thing as the town watch,” Walters said. “We want to try to get rid of the trash coming in.”

Walters, who calls the KKK “my Christian group,” sought refuge in the Constitution.

“I can’t believe in what I want to?” Walters said. “This has infringed on my First Amendment rights. It’s reverse discrimination.”

Philadelphia Magazine reported that the American Civil Liberties Union had turned down Walters’s case.

Walters’s Facebook page identifies him as a city employee and a graduate of Christian Bible College in Independence, Mo.

The page doesn’t shy away from racial rhetoric. Here’s a post from May 19:

End White Discrimination; for every non white right our government passes they take away rights of the White Americans!! Equal opportunity means the minorities get the jobs first, qualified or not !!! Stop affirmation Action Now!!!

Northeast Philadelphia is having a bad month. An alleged former Auschwitz guard was arrested there last week.

Justin Wm. Moyer is a reporter for The Washington Post's Morning Mix. Follow him on Twitter: @justinwmmoyer.



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