Mom defends decision to dress child in KKK costume

A Virginia mother has told several media outlets that there was nothing wrong with her decision to dress her 7-year-old son as a Ku Klux Klan member for Halloween since it's a tradition in her family.

This is just another story in a long line of offensive Halloween costumes this year, including the Florida men who dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, the Michigan woman who dressed as a Boston Marathon bombing victim and TV personality Julianne Hough incorporating blackface into her "Orange is the New Black" costume. 

But considering this involves a child who simply thought the costume was "cool" and likely didn't understand the implications, this story may be the worst.

Despite widespread criticism and national media attention, mom Jessica Black is sticking by her decision to dress her son Jackson in a costume that symbolizes racism and hatred.

Black told WHSV that Jackson understood the risk and she went on to say that she doesn't think there is anything wrong with the KKK, which exists in Craigsville, Va. where she and her son live.

"It's supposed to be white with white. Black with black. Man with woman and all of that. That's what the KKK stands for. The KKK every year, raises money to donate to the St. Jude's," Black said.

When she took her son trick-or-treating in their small town, reactions were predictably negative. A neighbor told WHSV that it was "sad" to see a young boy wearing an offensive costume when he doesn't know any better.

It's sad to see that there are still people in this world with such an ignorant mindset who are breeding and passing on their hateful ideas. Let's hope Jackson doesn't continue this "family tradition" when he's old enough to have children of his own.

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