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Today's KKK, Unmasked And Unrepentant

Though a shadow of its former self, the Ku Klux Klan has registered a small uptick since Barack Obama's election and the Ferguson riots. Here's how it looks from one senior member who lives in a Tennessee trailer.

Richard Nichols is a member of the KKK
Richard Nichols is a member of the KKK
Natacha Tatu

COLUMBIA — Tennessean Richard Nichols wears his beliefs proudly and publicly. His Facebook profile photo is an engraving of a black person hanging from a tree. In his photo gallery, between a picture of a blood-drenched zombie and a collection of firearms, a chimpanzee embraces a blonde woman, and the caption reads, “Interracial relations are zoophilia.” There’s also a man in a hood, dressed in a long white robe, with a large wooden cross burning in the night behind him.

“Of course it’s me, in my ceremonial robe,” he tells us, proud like a child in a superhero costume. In the job section, Richard says he’s an Imperial Nighthawk employed by the Ku Klux Klan.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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