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.