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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 3:16 pm | Updated: 3:16 pm, Fri Dec 27, 2013.

A day after Harrison Sign Company owner Claude West publicly alleged a conspiracy undertaken against him and his company by Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett and other community leaders, Knights Party national director Thomas Robb issued a press release of his own.

The Knights Party — more commonly known as a Ku Klux Klan group — has designated Harrison as its first “Love Your Neighbor Community.”

Robb said it is self-evident that Harrison, which he characterized as a “community of good and friendly people,” truly understands the fundamental Christian teaching embodied by the award.

“There is little crime,” Robb says, “no bad neighborhoods, no ‘wrong exits’ off the highway, no flash mobs, no drive-by shootings, no gang violence, no knock-out games, no racial tension, and you can actually relax when going out to shop at night. It is truly a peaceful and neighborly community.”

Robb then speculates that much of what he perceives to be Harrison’s idyllic atmosphere is likely attributable to the city’s “growing community of 15,000” where the “white population is over 99 percent.”

Other demographic profiles estimate Harrison’s white population is actually closer to 93 percent, or roughly 12,075 individuals, with the remaining 900 residents made up of Hispanic, black, Native American, Asian and mixed-race citizens.

In reference to the statistics, Robb said he understands that the original source from which he obtained his demographic information, Wikipedia, may not be always be accurate. In Robb’s estimation, the difference in figures is not only marginal — it’s substantially irrelevant.

“If you consider the surrounding area — Boone County — which daily is in the city doing business, shopping etc.,” Robb said, “I think the 99 percent is pretty close.”

For Robb, it’s the white majority that makes a difference. And, he is quick to clarify that his beliefs do not favor white Anglo-Saxon Protestants over other white Christians.

“The common denominator that makes Harrison a wonderful community,” Robb said, “is not a Protestant faith, nor that it is made up of Anglo-Saxons. The common denominator that binds us all together is that out of the antiquity of time we share a common heritage and ancestry — which today is just generally called white, so Anglo-Saxon is quite limiting and incorrect.

“I couldn’t care less about a person’s religion. We are bound together by our racial identity and our common Christian faith.”

In closing, the press release said “The Knights Party will designate a yearly recipient of its ‘Love Your Neighbor Community’ award and will donate $100 to a local charity selected by the city receiving the honorarium. A letter of recognition has been sent to the Harrison City Council.”

On Monday, Dec. 23, Robb confirmed that the award either has been, or soon will be, mailed to Crockett.

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  • lightYears posted at 8:28 am on Sat, Jan 11, 2014.

    lightYears Posts: 938

    Its a new year Russ, stay focused, be kind to the unfortunate, patient with the disenfranchised and very patient, even with disgruntled skelton rattlers.

  • NOYBNOYB posted at 10:16 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    NOYBNOYB Posts: 1760

    That "giant yellow atrocity" is as legal as you are Nate.

    And you,'Uncle Russ',should carefully consider before rattling the skeletons in your closet..."the Lynching apology pledge that half of us signed" A drunken fool,liar,and an idiot?

  • Nathan Burdick posted at 7:38 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Nathan Burdick Posts: 111

    Race hustlers? You have seen that giant yellow atrocity along the highway haven't you? That's a first class example of "race hustling" if I've ever seen one.

  • lightYears posted at 11:32 am on Wed, Jan 1, 2014.

    lightYears Posts: 938

    It's only logical to return the 100 dollars, put the award in a time capsule so they can have a good laugh in a hundred years. Of course if you want a Great laugh now... I bet we can even get someone from the NAACP to come to town and pick up the Hundred.

    When it comes to ( what are they called now a group) I have to re-think that saying: Any publicity, good or bad, is better than no publicity at all. Realistically, Rob and his group has done Harrison's National image absolutely no good. If he really cared about Harrison, he would have long ago gotten a PO Box in Lead Hill or Bergman instead of letting Harrison continue to take the rap and bad press for being klan head-quarters.

    This city of love award is bunko for at least two reasons. 1. The source. 2.Where was he during the Wet/Dry election ?

    Want some free publicity Rob, come to town and sign the Lynching apology pledge
    that half of us signed to counteract the black shadow your group has cast over our hamlet...and move your PO Box.

  • zeldasjim posted at 10:55 pm on Sat, Dec 28, 2013.

    zeldasjim Posts: 23

    This guy is tame compared to the Nation of Islam. Female
    Harrison muckrakers stirred the pot...Probably to keep themselves relevant..like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Nothing worse than race hustlers.

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