North Carolina Ku Klux Klan doughnuts in England?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Ku Klux Klan – A Secret History

13 March 2013

Documentary detailing the history of the Ku Klux Klan. A racist far right extremist movement founded in 1866 which reached unprecedented popularity during the early part of the Jim Crow era in the U.S.A. The organization went on to gain international popularity and still exists today. Includes footage relating to the Ku Klux Klan involvement in [violence against] the ‘Freedom Riders’ Civil Rights Protests & the Alabama church bombings.

According to Wikipedia:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. is an American global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

After Hitler and Mussolini coffee creamer, now Ku Klux Klan doughnuts?

The now deleted KKK doughnut ad

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Krispy Kreme store in UK withdraws ‘KKK Wednesdays’ Facebook ad

Hull, UK, branch of popular doughnut chain apologises for ‘inappropriate’ promotion of ‘Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesdays’ over Ku Klux Klan connotation

Adam Gabbatt in New York

Tuesday 17 February 2015 16.26 GMT

A UK branch of Krispy Kreme has been forced to drop its promotion for “KKK Wednesdays” – Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesdays – after a series of complaints.

The Hull branch of the doughnut chain had posted an advertisement for the event on its Facebook page.

KKK Wednesdays was to be part of the doughnut shop’s half-term activities – a series of planned events for children during a week-long break from school.

The Facebook post had been removed by Tuesday afternoon.

“Krispy Kreme apologises unreservedly for the inappropriate name of a customer promotion at one of our stores,” a spokeswoman for Krispy Kreme told the Guardian.

“This promotion was never intended to cause offence. All material has been withdrawn and an internal investigation is currently underway.”

The Hull Daily Mail quoted a spokeswoman from the Hull branch of Krispy Kreme who said KKK Wednesdays would go ahead, but under a different name.

“This was sent from head office so it has been advertised at all the outlets,” the spokeswoman said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights organisation regards the Ku Klux Klan as the “most infamous” of American hate groups.

“Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics,” the SPLC said.

The KKK started as a vigilante group to intimidate African Americans and perpetrated a litany of violent attacks through the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s. As late as the 1960s the KKK was committing bombings and murders in the US south.

This 1981 music video is called Ramones – The KKK took my baby away LIVE in Sweden. Lyrics are here.

Texas students flash ‘White Power’ signs during basketball game against rival high school: here.

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