Black editor resigns from newspaper that urged KKK revival
LINDEN, Ala. (AP) — An African-American woman who took over a small-town Alabama newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to “ride again” has stepped down.
The New York Times reports that Elecia R. Dexter said she stepped down because of continuing interference from the newspaper’s owner who had published the KKK editorial. Dexter says she wanted to maintain her “integrity and well-being.”
Dexter last month took over from Goodloe Sutton as editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter of Linden. Dexter took over after a firestorm erupted when Sutton published an editorial saying Washington politicians are plotting to raise taxes, so therefore the Klan should raid their communities.
But Dexter told the newspaper that Sutton, who had retained ownership of the paper, had continually interfered in operations.