An Alabama press group voted Tuesday to censor the editor of a small newspaper in Alabama, which had written the famous editorial of last week, inviting the Ku Klux Klan to "take the road again at night" and "clean the center".
Alabama Press (Alabama Press Association) board of directors has agreed to censor Goodloe Sutton, the editor and publisher of the 3,000-copy broadcaster Democrat-Reporter, following a controversy about the column.
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The group told Al.Com that the Democrat-Reporter's membership was suspended. Sutton be allowed to address the press group at the next meeting.
The censorship comes as the editorial "Klan must go back again" invoked Democrats and Republicans who "plotted to raise taxes in Alabama."
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones condemned the editorial, calling it "absolutely disgusting" and urged Sutton to resign from his post.
"OMG! From what rock did this guy crawl? This editorial is absolutely disgusting and he should resign -NOW!," Wrote Jones in a tweet. "I saw what happens when we stay close while people, especially influential people, publish racist and hateful opinions. "
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Sutton doubled his tongue in the column in an interview with a local outlet. "We are going to take out the hemp ropes, put them on top of a big member and suspend them all," he told The Montgomery Advertiser, adding that this article was aimed at "socialist communists".
The publisher also denied that the KKK is a racist organization, claiming that "the Klan was not violent until they needed it".
"A violent organization? Well, they killed only a few people, "he told the newspaper.
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Many other organizations have also distanced themselves from Sutton, the Auburn University Journalism Advisory Board having revoked its journalism award and the University of Southern Mississippi removing it from its Hall of Fame, reported AL.com.
Edmund DeMarche of Fox News contributed to this report.