Mother Defends Child's KKK Costume: It's Family Tradition!

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The girl who wore a Boston Marathon bombing costume for Halloween this year has apologized for her "distasteful" actions.

But the mother who dressed her seven-year old son as a member of the Ku Klux Klan last week? Not so much.

Kid Dressed as KKK Member

Virginia resident Jessica Black tells WHSV that it's a "family tradition" for her loved ones to don this attire for Halloween, explaining that her brother did so when he was in kindergarten… and what's the big deal, anyway?

Is the KKK really so bad?

"It's supposed to be white with white. Black with black. Man with woman and all of that," Black said in defense of the hate group. "That's what the KKK stands for. The KKK every year raises money to donate to the St. Jude's."

They've done some less magnanimous stuff throughout their history as well, of course.

Black said she warned her son that people might say "bad things" if he wore this costume, but he wanted do so regardless because it's "cool."

And, seriously, any good parent knows you just go along with whatever your toddler thinks is cool, right?

There are eight known chapters of the KKK still active in Virginia and Black's neighbors say it's a shame that she isn't teaching her child about the actual actions and beliefs of this group.

"I just think it's really sad that a kid is being taught that," said neighbor Wendi Sprouse. "Because they don't know any better."

What do you think of a seven-year old dressing as a KKK member?

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