Democratic representative Cherie Buckner-Webb is the only black elected official in the state of Idaho, and so when a hand-addressed envelope containing an application for Ku Klux Klan membership arrived at her house, she was understandably annoyed. And confused.
The invitation requested that Buckner-Webb attest to the following,
I am a White Christian man or woman. I am not married to a nonwhite. I do not date nonwhites nor do I have nonwhite dependents. I practice my belief in racial integrity. I believe in the ideals of Western Christian Civilization and profess my belief in jesus Christ as the Son of God. I understand that the Knights is a legal and law-abiding political movement and that I will never be asked to commit an unlawful act. I understand that I can resign at any time.
The application also listed the Klan's membership rates — $35 for an adult, $45 for a married couple, and only $20 for Klan Kidz 17 and under.
According to Raw Story, when Buckner-Webb was 7, someone burned a cross onto her family's lawn. Racists have the weirdest sense of humor.
She says she was a little disturbed by the fact that someone cared enough to write out her address by hand, and the fact that it was sent to her house, but otherwise, she'd like to move on toward more positive issues— she's a big proponent of education and the environment, which are much better for society than racism.
While at one point in history it was estimated that the Klan had as many as 6 million members nationwide, nowadays it's a 5,000 person-strong collective of poor genetic specimens trying to rebrand their sparse chin beards as badges of their virility and racial superiority. Even though the attestation at the top of the Klan application informs potential members that they'll never be asked to do anything illegal, the FBI considers most local Klan organizations to be subversive or terrorist organizations. It's unknown how many Klan members currently reside in Idaho.
Rep. Buckner-Webb did the right thing in exposing the Klan's stunt to the public, but it's a shame she didn't try to turn the tables on the group by filling out the application. The group's requirement that prospective members submit photos of themselves along with their application could easily have been circumvented using the magic of photoshop; judging by the lack of technical savvy displayed on the Klan's website (I won't link here, but needless to say, while the Klan is adamantly against mixing skin color in the real world, they're adamantly in favor of mixing clashing text and background colors in cyberspace), they'd have no way of telling by looking at an altered photo of Buckner-Webb that she was black. She could be not only Idaho's only black legislator, but also the KKK's only black member.