KKK sends letter to Lee Commissioners supporting Lee portrait
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - An infamous hate group has jumped into the debate over a controversial portrait. For years, the portrait of General Robert E. Lee has hung front and center in the Lee County Commission Chamber. To many, it is the sign of a racist past, instead of an inclusive future.
" I want a better Lee County, a better Florida, a better America for my kids." Lee County NAACP President Brother James Muwakkil said.
The President of the Lee County NAACP, Brother James Muwakkil has been pushing for the portrait to come down. Now, a Ku Klux Klan group from Missouri is fighting to keep it up.
"To me it is no different than taking down a portrait of George Washington from the White House. It is part of this nation's history and in this case it's part of the country's history too. What are we going to do? Put up a picture of Malcolm X or Martin Luther King? It's ridiculous." Frank Ancoma Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said.
The group wrote a letter to Lee County Commissioners, urging them to stand by their decision to keep the portrait where it is. Part of the letter stated: "Organizations like the NAACP will always cry racism if they cannot get their way because they know it is a useful tool in accomplishing their agenda."
But Muwakkil said his group's only agenda is fairness for all.
" The Ku Klux Klan doesn't change our position. So some of these tough battles aren't really popular but they matter." Muwakkil said.
"It is tough, it is a sensitive time, it reminds us of a sensitive time we'd all like to forget and move beyond." Muwakkil said.
Local NAACP branches are working with the State NAACP to organize possible demonstrations or protests. Members of the Ku Klux Klan said they're also working to move their fight forward.