CRAIGSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- A Craigsville boy's costume is sparking headlines and causing controversy across the country, leading to questions of whether the Ku Klux Klan is still active in Craigsville.
"It's supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That's what the KKK stands for. The KKK every year raises money to donate to the St. Jude's," said Jessica Black.
Craigsville Mayor Richard Fox said Black's claim that the KKK is in Craigsville just isn't true.
"We definitely want them to understand we don't want this type of thing in our town. In any way, shape or form," said Mayor Richard Fox. "To my knowledge, there's no active Ku Klux Klan in the town of Craigsville. And we do not want any active Ku Klux Klan in the town of Craigsville."
Rudy Bazzrea has lived here his whole life and said the KKK once existed in the town.
"I remember being a kid, the KKK was very active in this area," he said. "They had rallies, even some along Route 42."
However, he said he knows nothing about it existing in the town today.
"This is a good town. It has good people in it, and it doesn't deserve the attention it's getting for this," said Bazzrea.
"The Lord above looks at us all the same way. We're all human beings. He doesn't look at color. And I certainly think that people need to wake up and get along with people and try to do what's important today," said Fox.
Fox said he wants people in his town to get along and the KKK would not be welcome there, saying he doesn't want the negativity.
The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a list of active Klan groups across the country. It has eight known groups here in Virginia, including Abingdon, Culpeper, Martinsville, Norfolk, Richmond and South Hill, but none on its list are based in Craigsville.
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