Black Editor Resigns from Alabama Newspaper that Called for KKK to ‘Ride Again’

Elecia R. Dexter (Photo: LinkedIn)
Elecia R. Dexter (Photo: LinkedIn)

The African-American woman who took over an Alabama newspaper after its previous editor endorsed the Ku Klux Klan’s return has resigned after less than month.

Elecia R. Dexter told The New York Times on Friday that she stepped down because of interference she received from the previous editor, Goodloe Sutton.

“I would have liked it to turn out a different way, but it didn’t,” Dexter, 46, told the newspaper. “This is a hard one because it’s sad — so much good could have come out of this.”

Dexter’s decision is the latest in a saga that began after Sutton penned an editorial in the The Democrat-Reporter, a small-town paper in Linden, Ala., calling for the KKK to “ride again” to block tax increases in the state.

“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” he wrote in February. “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”

Sutton later defended his argument, telling the Montgomery Advertiser that if “we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off.” 

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The Hill