In Santee, California, a Vons supermarket customer donned a Ku Klux Klan hood after the county ordered the public to wear protective masks against COVID-19.
Man wears KKK hood while grocery shopping; mayor calls it a ‘sad reminder of intolerance’ https://t.co/cQhwzeBNje
— Suraj Lakhani (@surajlakhani) May 4, 2020
However, Santee Mayor John Minto was quick to appear on air and make it clear that this kind of behavior wouldn’t be tolerated. He was joined by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the Anti-Defamation League, along with a representative from the Vons store where the incident took place.
At the time of the incident, a Vons supervisor asked the customer (who was in the checkout line) to remove the Klan hood or leave at once. Other customers took photos of the shopper and circulated them on social media. No one else approached the shopper in the Klan hood.
Thank you to @CityofSantee Mayor Minto, Supervisor @dianne_jacob @vons for your strong response to this act of hate. One year after the tragic synagogue shooting in @Poway we must ALL continue to stand up together against hate in our community and in our world.
— Tammy Gillies (@tgilliesADL) May 4, 2020
Santee has a history of white supremacism, lending the city the nickname “Klantee.” The fact that no one said anything could be attributable to the fact that shoppers were shocked but not surprised. It could also be because in a time of uncertainty and rising tensions, fear might keep others away from approaching a man openly wearing a symbol of hate.
As a former leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, Jeff Schoep understands that fear is a key motivator behind extremist propaganda:
The #extremist mindset is often fueled by #fear change & a sense of #victimhood, often shrouded in a false form of #patriotism. #Hate is typically NOT the motivating factor. The #propaganda of extremist networks fosters hate by exploiting fear. #JeffSchoep #CVE #PVE #Peace #truth
— Jeff Schoep (@SchoepJeff) May 4, 2020
White supremacists, like this Santee man in a Ku Klux Klan hood, rely on the myth of fear instead of the historically accurate representation of how the Black community stood their ground when targeted.
Setting the record straight on that history is Carl Jack, an African American who inherited an organic family farm that was once labored by slaves. Speaking with Clarion Project’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi, Jack recounts a stunning narrative of how his grandfather stood up to the Ku Klux Klan as they rode to his home.
Listen also to our conversation below with Jeff Schoep on how white supremacists operate, and why he left the movement.