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Monday, January 31, 2005

Attention All Klan Members: Reunion in Howell, MI

Did someone turn back the clock?

HOWELL, Mich. -- Ku Klux Klan robes sold for up to $1,425, and a KKK knife drew a $400 bid Saturday during an auction of KKK paraphernalia that critics have blasted as insensitive.Auctioneer Gary Gray said a steady stream of people visited the auction house in Howell, about 55 miles west of Detroit, in the hours leading up to the sale, where participants could bid on seven KKK robes and items including buttons, books, movies and a lantern."Maybe I have taught more people about history, at least this week, than some schools," Gray said. "It's not a question of racism. That's intertwined. But it's not the main focus."One of the robes was bought for $700 by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Museum officials hope to use it to teach tolerance."I felt like I was at a Klan rally at some times," museum curator David Pilgrim said.

Message to David Pilgrim - trust your feelings.

On a positive note, among the protesters was the town mayor Geraldine Moen.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0501300338jan30,1,7365262.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

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