Listen: Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'
"Alabama newspaper publisher faces demands that he resigned after his paper called for the KKK to ride again. He said the white supremacist groups should clean out Washington. Troy public radio's Kyle Gasset got reaction in Linden, Alabama. For the past week. One name keeps getting repeated at the checkout stand in Linden's Dollar General that of good low Sutton publisher editor of the democrat reporter newspaper. Pretty you'll get the people around Linden about good Loeser. Bobbi Williams has worked at the store for sixteen years. He remembers a newspaper racks were full of the democrat reporter on the front sidewalk, but about six months ago, another racially charged story changed that and lead to boycotts. They moved them and took him off the stores, but still somehow he printed his payback. He got him around in the past few years sentence op EDS have been particularly divisive in two thousand seventeen he wrote African American athletes should be allowed to kneel during the national anthem because two hundred years ago blacks were taught to kneel before white men in his latest column published last week he called for the Ku Klux Klan to rise up and quote nitrite. Again, he also singled out Democrats who he claims are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama. Prominent Alabama lawmakers have called on Sutton to resign. They include longtime GOP Senator Richard Shelby democrat Doug Jones, and Alabama's Republican governor civil rights activists are also upset about good lows column. He's used the word Democrats. But I have sneaky suspicion that he's talking more about African-Americans Benard simultaneous is the president of the Alabama chapter of the N double A C P. He says Sutton made a parts of his op Ed they claimed freed slaves once borrowed their masters Klan robes too frightened or kill people. And he's angry that Sutton later compared to the NWEA C P to the clan. I would ask them certain. How many churches has the NWC Pete mom you kill folk? How many heads the end of lease deal in two thousand nine Auburn university gave Sutton and his wife Jean awards for their investigative reporting. But yesterday. Auburn stripped him of the award. According to journalism advisory council, chairman, Anthony, cook, those types of comments were just flabbergasted. They're just outrageous and outlandish and cannot be tolerated. The university of southern Mississippi remove Sutton from its hall of fame and the Alabama Press Association, formerly censured him. Good low Sutton hasn't backed down under withering national criticism. But he did declined to be interviewed for this story saying he had to work on this weeks paper, which will be published tomorrow"