A former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan has predicted there WON’T be a race war in America because the power of the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements is ‘nothing’.
Bill Wilkinson, 77, from Denham, Louisiana – once the most powerful white supremacist in the world – told DailyMail.com: ‘They don’t have a pot to p**s in or a window to throw it out of, they’re nothing. There won’t be a race war, they’ve just got nothing better to do.’
The white supremacist’s comments come as President Donald Trump slammed the chairman of Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter Hawk Newsome for threatening to ‘burn down this system’ unless the United States changes its ways.
Trump labeled the comments ‘treason, sedition, insurrection’ in a tweet Thursday.
Bill Wilkinson, 77, from Denham, Louisiana was once the most powerful white supremacist in the world known as the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
The white supremacist’s comments come as President Donald Trump slammed the chairman of Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter
Hawk Newsome, Chairman of BLM’s Greater New York chapter, says the black rights group is ‘mobilizing’ its base and aims to develop a highly-trained ‘military’ arm to challenge police brutality head on
Hawk Newsome spoke to Fox News on Wednesday night, and was asked about his June 3 interview with DailyMail.com.
In the interview with DailyMail.com he said that the black rights group is ‘mobilizing’ its base and aims to develop a highly-trained ‘military’ arm to challenge police brutality head on.
Trump tweeted: ‘Black Lives Matter leader states, “If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it”. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!’
The war of words will undoubtedly fuel the fires of division being witnessed across America right now.
Violent protests have erupted nationwide, sparked by incidents of police brutality.
But controversial former Klan leader Wilkinson said the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks – both killed during routine encounters with police – were ‘justified’ and that the media had painted them as ‘lily white angels’.
Wilkinson was reviled across America when he served as Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire of the Knights of the KKK from 1975 to 1984.
He had established a breakaway group of David Duke’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to rival the original, and grew a reputation with the FBI as the most ‘violent’ and ‘dangerous’ KKK movement.
The former Klansman, who fled to Belize in the 80s before returning to Louisiana recently, said most of the alleged ‘police brutality’ he’s seen on the news was ‘justified’ and the protests were pointless.
Discussing the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a black man shot in the back by a white cop outside a Wendy’s in Atlanta on June 12 after firing a Taser in the police officer’s direction while running away after a struggle, Wilkinson said the death was ‘totally justified’.
Wilkinson says the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks by police are ‘totally justified’
Officers Derek Chauvin (left) and Garrett Rolfe ( right) have been charged in the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks
The shooting caught on video happened against the backdrop of nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd after a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into his neck for more than eight minutes.
‘In both cases the policeman was exactly right,’ said Wilkinson in his southern drawl.
‘The fella in Atlanta was passed out drunk in his car, intoxicated and holding up the line in a Wendy’s, well he (his death) was totally justified.
‘He pulled the cop’s Taser. He was running away and then turned around with the Taser and if he had hit him with the Taser it could have put the policeman out of commission, he’d have fell down and the man could have come back to get his gun to shoot him.’
Officer Garrett Rolfe is facing 11 charges, including felony murder, over the death.
Wilkinson said George Floyd’s death was also ‘right’ because he had been trying to buy goods with a ‘no good check’.
Officer Derek Chauvin, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck while detaining him on May 25, faces a charge of second degree murder.
Wilkinson added: ‘I hope they get that mess straightened out where they (black people) can’t do that to our police.’
In more inflammatory dialogue the former Imperial Wizard said the often violent BLM protests are just a ‘blip’ compared to the violence he says ‘blacks’ are perpetrating on the streets on a daily basis.
‘That’s just a tenth of what they are out there doing already,’ he said.
Wilkinson’s comments will further add to the fierce debate that little has changed in America when it comes to race.
The silver-haired hotelier was the most powerful white-supremacist in the world during his reign at the top of the Klan.
He organized hundreds of marches across America to stir up racial hatred and recruit more members.
And he encouraged his Klansmen to carry guns, knives and clubs at rallies inevitably leading to a string of violent clashes.
Wilkinson (pictured) organized a Youth Corp within his Invisible Empire to indoctrinate young children into the KKK
‘They don’t have a pot to p**s in or a window to throw it out of, they’re nothing. There won’t be a race war, they’ve just got nothing better to do,’ Wilkinson said of the Black Lives Matter protesters
Such was his passion for the cause Wilkinson set up a para-military style training camp to equip Klansmen – he dubbed the ‘Klan guard’ – with the combat skills needed in the event of a ‘race war’.
He even organized a Youth Corp within his Invisible Empire to indoctrinate young children into the KKK.
During one march in Selma, Alabama in August 1979 he told a gathering of Klan members: ‘We want a free enterprise, where the best man wins. And we know who that is – the white man.’
Wilkinson’s Invisible Empire was the only national Klan movement during those days and he led hundreds of Klaverns consisting of an estimated 10,000 members.
Despite his history of preparing for a race war, however, the pensioner says the black community – spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement today – isn’t powerful enough to fight.
At the height of the LA riots BLM’s Greater New York chapter chairman Newsome, declared war on the police and announced plans for change that involves Black Panther style armed ‘patrols’ monitoring the behavior of officers on the streets – the kind of language that came second nature to Wilkinson during his time in charge of the KKK.
But Wilkinson laughed off the idea, branding BLM protesters as having ‘nothing better to do’.
Newsome on the other hand says he is ‘thankful’ for white supremacists like Wilkinson.
‘He shows black America exactly what’s been out there in the past or what is still present,’ he told DailyMail.com.
‘Any time black people unify or make pushes for social advancement, there will be white supremacists who are, overtly and covertly, trying to disempower the message and the movement.
‘These people are easy to identify because they often lack a factual basis for their assertions and when presented with the truth it’s hard for them to counter it with anything other than their opinions or personal experience.
‘If people were open-minded and they were accepting of the truth, then we would be at a completely different place.’
Newsome said white supremacists like Wilkinson often look at black crime in communities to justify their narrative.
But he said: ‘The true challenge is for them to understand why crimes happen in our communities. To understand the poverty, the environment we live in as well as the lack of opportunity.
‘They want to tell people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and educate ourselves, however our schools are not equipped to educate our children properly.
‘We’re dealing with a place like the Bronx that has a 40% drop out rate. That is not the people, that is the school system failing the people.
‘And if that is happening across the country then school systems are systemically failing black people and we have to look at that as a malicious act by the government.’
At rallies in his day Wilkinson surrounded himself with ‘nighthawks’ – Klan security guards toting sub-machine guns and sawed-off shotguns
He tells DailyMail.com that there won’t be a race war in the U.S, because the power of the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements is ‘nothing’
Race expert Professor Robert Hall, a tenured full professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University, said people like Wilkinson are a ‘dying breed’ – old relics of a disturbing era in race relations in America.
‘Everything tells me that the KKK ideology is dying out, it’s on its last legs,’ he said. ‘But there’s always a possibility, as with the election of Donald Trump, that what we think is impossible is possible.
‘But I don’t think people like that can compete, they don’t value education while the black community does. You have black generals now, we had a black president and the KKK ideology cannot survive in that environment, it’s totally irrelevant.
‘We always need to be vigilant, of course, but I think that element of the population is on its way out.’
Hall, who in 1990 testified as an expert witness in America’s first skin-color discrimination court case between African Americans, Morrow vs. IRS, said he can understand why Wilkinson would detest equality between the races, however.
‘The issue of segregation is the keystone to white supremacy. Without segregation people come to know each other as people,’ he said.
But the professor says men like Wilkinson cannot put forward a plausible argument against Black Lives Matter.
‘This is a multi-racial movement, BLM is not just a black movement. It’s not black vs whites, it’s people vs racism,’ he explained.
He added that with each generation there’s always going to be a struggle to overcome transgressions, but he’s ‘optimistic’ that a future generation will succeed.
At rallies in his day Wilkinson surrounded himself with ‘nighthawks’ – Klan security guards toting sub-machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.
In a 1980 interview with the Associated Press he was a little more forthright about the Klan’s violent intentions: ‘If the fact that I say we’re going to defend ourselves by any means is violent, then I’m violent.
‘If the fact that I say we’re facing a race war in this country is violent, then I’m violent.’
‘I’m just a Bible-crashing segregationist. I still believe in segregation, that’s how it should be,’ he explained. ‘God has commanded me not to mix with other races’
DailyMail.com tracked Wilkinson down to a hotel resort he owned in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize five years ago.
And breaking his 30-year silence he said that while he ‘never hated blacks’ and is ‘not racist’, he had not ‘changed’ since his KKK days.
‘I’m just a Bible-crashing segregationist. I still believe in segregation, that’s how it should be,’ he explained. ‘God has commanded me not to mix with other races.
‘I have not changed, I’m the same man I always have been. I wouldn’t let one [a black person] marry my children or my grandchildren.’
These days Wilkinson says he still owns his hotel resort in Belize, but is now back living in Louisiana enjoying his retirement. He says he is no longer active in the KKK.
He joked that he used to be a ‘red neck’ but now he’s ‘PWT,’ which stands for Poor White Trash.