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USBlack Editor Who Took Over Alabama Newspaper That Called for K.K.K. to ‘Ride Again’ Steps Down

05:30  16 march  2019
05:30  16 march  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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A newspaper in a small city in Alabama that drew condemnation over an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to “ ride again ” has a new editor and publisher: a 46-year-old black woman. The new editor , Elecia R. Dexter, is taking over The Democrat-Reporter

— The editorial in The Democrat-Reporter, the newspaper that has served the small western Alabama “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to ride again ,” it began. The unsigned opinion piece, railing And during the national debate over football players kneeling in protest of police brutality, the paper

Black Editor Who Took Over Alabama Newspaper That Called for K.K.K. to ‘Ride Again’ Steps Down© Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser, via Associated Press Goodloe Sutton, the former editor of The Democrat-Reporter, turned the paper over to Ms. Dexter last month after he wrote an editorial calling for the revival of the Ku Klux Klan.

When a white newspaper editor in Alabama drew widespread condemnation for an editorial that called for the Ku Klux Klan to ride again, only to be replaced by a black woman who hoped to take the newspaper in a new direction, it seemed like a symbolic moment.

The new editor and publisher, Elecia R. Dexter, said she wanted to make the newspaper, The Democrat-Reporter, more reflective of the community it serves in Linden, a small town in western Alabama that is about 59 percent white and 41 percent black.

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The Alabama newspaper publisher called for the KKK to "raid gated communities" in Washington D.C. Nate Chute, USA Today Network. Goodloe Sutton, who is the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser on Monday that he authored

Alabama lawmakers have called for Sutton to resign. The KKK is one of the oldest white A short editorial piece published without a byline on 14 February was entitled: "Klan needs to ride again ." Alabama Senator Doug Jones, the Democrat who won a bitter race against Republican Roy Moore

But now, after only a few weeks, Ms. Dexter has stepped down.

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Her departure this week, which she attributed to continuing interference from the editor she was meant to replace, complicates the future of the weekly newspaper, which was once hailed for its journalism, and reflects the thorny reality that healing from racially hurtful acts is rarely a once-and-done process.

“I would have liked it to turn out a different way, but it didn’t,” Ms. Dexter, 46, said in an interview Friday. “This is a hard one because it’s sad — so much good could have come out of this.”

Her predecessor, Goodloe Sutton, came under intense criticism last month after he wrote an editorial that railed against “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats” and called for the return of the most infamous white supremacist group in the nation’s history.

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The publisher of a small local newspaper in Alabama penned an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to " ride again ." After massive outcry, he's stepped down , and a black woman has taken the job. The new publisher and editor of The Democrat-Reporter, Elecia R. Dexter, took the reins on Thursday

A newspaper in a small city in Alabama that drew condemnation over an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to “ ride again ” has a new editor and The new editor , Elecia R. Dexter, is taking over The Democrat-Reporter, a weekly newspaper serving Linden in western Alabama , at a “pivotal time,” the

In an interview with The Montgomery Advertiser, he went even further, suggesting that the Klan “go up there and clean out D.C.”

“We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” he told The Advertiser.

Though The Democrat-Reporter has a circulation of only a few thousand, the editorial landed with a thud at a time when the nation was reckoning with the hurt of politicians who had worn blackface and old yearbooks containing racist slurs.

Representative Terri A. Sewell, a Democrat whose congressional district includes Linden, called on Mr. Sutton to step down, and universities quickly rescinded past journalism honors given to Mr. Sutton, who had been recognized, along with his late wife, for exposing corruption in the local sheriff’s department in the 1990s.

The incendiary editorial was the latest in a series of pieces in The Democrat-Reporter in recent years that were seen as racially insensitive. An editorial in May 2015 referred repeatedly to black people as “thugs.” And in 2017, during the national debate over football players kneeling in protest of police brutality, the paper published an editorial titled “Let football boys kneel.”

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After facing immense backlash for penning an editorial that called for the Ku Klux Klan to “ ride again ,” an Alabama newspaper editor is turning over control of the publication to a black woman. The Democrat-Reporter, a small-town paper in Linden, Ala., announced Friday that Elecia R. Dexter, 46

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“That’s what black folks were taught to do two hundred years ago, kneel before a white man,” it read. “Is that it? Let them kneel!”

Amid the controversy last month, Mr. Sutton, 80, offered to hand the paper over to Ms. Dexter, who had been working there as an office clerk. Though she did not have journalism experience, she said she was excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the community.

“People have stopped by or they saw me in the store,” she said last month. “Now they feel like it’s going to be a true reflection of everyone.”

But in the weeks since, Ms. Dexter said she ran into problems with Mr. Sutton, who retained ownership of the paper, which had been in his family for decades.

She said he emailed an altered version of the Feb. 28 issue of the paper to local news outlets and advertisers. She shared copies of both versions of the front page with The New York Times, which showed that an article about his retirement had been replaced with one defending the editorial and criticizing The Advertiser for its coverage.

The subject line of one of the emails, which were sent from a work account and which Ms. Dexter shared with The Times, read: “fake news hurts little paper.”

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Alabama Newspaper Editor Wants to Bring Back the Ku Klux Klan. The Montgomery Advisor reported Tuesday that Goodloe Sutton, the editor of the Democrat-Reporter based out of Linden, AL , wrote a column on Valentine’s Day that called for the Ku Klux Klan to “ ride again .”

A newspaper editor urged the KKK to ‘ ride again .’ A black woman is taking his place. Goodloe Sutton, a newspaper editor from Alabama , speaks A black woman is the new editor and publisher of an Alabama newspaper after her predecessor stepped down following 14 editorial that called for mass lynchings and of his comments that the Ku Klux Klan needed to “clean out” Washington.

Mr. Sutton also interfered with Thursday’s issue of the paper, Ms. Dexter said in a news release saying that the issue “does not reflect the views or thoughts” of the new editor. Ms. Dexter said she was stepping down to maintain her “integrity and well-being.”

Mr. Sutton did not respond to an email or phone call requesting comment Friday. He has previously defended the K.K.K. editorial as satire meant to draw attention to corruption in Washington.

For Ms. Dexter, the whirlwind experience plunged her into a national debate about racism and entitlement — and briefly depicted her as a symbol for change. She recalled how she received a message from a man letting her know that his biracial daughter was inspired by her role at the paper.

“It is things like that that give me peace,” said Ms. Dexter, who said she was not sure what she would do next.

In the end, she said, her decision to step down was complicated by her concerns over Mr. Sutton’s cognitive well-being. She said that his recent behavior was illogical and “more extreme” than it had been in the past.

“You can be mad at him, but we can’t keep making this about him,” she said. “People like him will exist. That’s just the reality of life.”

“The point,” she said, “is not to give those people all the energy.”

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