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Friday, December 3, 2010

Arkansas racists make world headlines

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The Sun, a British newspaper, has an extensive story here about the white supremacist Internt broadcasts of a Harrison family. The YouTube clip (and there are many more) shows 10-year-old Andrew Pendergratt reading from a White TV script. His grandfather is notorious KKK leader Thomas Robb. A taste of what the world is learning about one Arkansas extended famiy:

Young Andrew Pendergraft is playing in the sprawling grounds of his family's country home. Like any other active ten-year-old, he loves running through the fields and splashing about in the river.

But later he will appear on internet TV and - clearly reading from a script - he will solemnly share his bigoted views on the supremacy of the white race with potentially thousands of other children online.

Andrew may be only ten but he is the face of youth within America's Ku Klux Klan, the most infamous hate organisation in the world.

He has been indoctrinated into the ways of the Klan - famed for its burning crosses, lynch mobs and attacks on black people - by his mum Rachel at their home in Harrison, Arkansas, deep in America's Bible Belt.

It will be three years until Andrew can officially join the Klan, but he already uses his own programme on his family's internet station, White Pride TV, to preach to his audience of like-minded people about the "evils" of races mixing.

He says: "We film White Pride TV on Sunday after church and I have my own spot, The Andrew Show. I talk about something I have seen during the week, like an inter-racial cartoon or kiss, or a film that portrays white people as bad.

"I thought the film Avatar showed white people as destroying the rainforest, which we don't do, and I like to talk about that."

It is hardly surprising that Andrew and sisters Charity, 19, and Shelby, 17, hold such views - they are the grandchildren of Thomas Robb, America's national Klan leader.

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