The Tacony Town Watch, a neighborhood watch group in Philadelphia, dropped one of their watchers, who turned out to be the Grand Dragon of the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, also known as the KKK.
Bill Walters, who hid his 30-year membership with the KKK, now claims he is being discriminated against by the Tacony Town Watch, reports Mediaite.com.
Some of Walters' fellow Klan members recently showed their support for Walters outside a neighborhood library. For his part, Walters wore his KKK outfit (pictured) during the small rally.
When a large counter-protest group arrived, the KKK members left.
“[The KKK] are a conservative Christian group,” Walters told PhillyMag.com. “My rights were infringed upon. I can’t believe in what I want to? This has infringed on my First Amendment rights. It’s reverse discrimination.”
“I know we have a bad name, but it’s not that way no more," added Walters. “When was the last time a black or Hispanic got hung on a tree? We’re basically the same thing as the town watch. We want to try to get rid of the trash coming in.”
Tacony Town Watch president Joe Nicoletti said: “We received information that Bill had been distributing flyers in the neighborhood trying to recruit new members. And part of our bylaws state that members must promote harmony in the neighborhood, and we all know that harmony is not what the KKK is about.”
In addition to being a member of the KKK, Walters was a local Republican committeeman for more than a decade until recently being kicked out of that group as well.