*Article below from The Birmingham Mail (The mail is not naming who they are talking about here so 3CAFA to the rescue .. it’s Darren Clifft from Walsall)
“Shocking fake hanging carried out as band played Johnny Rebel hits while 70 strong crowd gave Nazi salutes.
A Midland Ku Klux Klan admirer has defended his mock golliwog hanging stunt as “just a bit of fun”.
The man, who the Sunday Mercury has decided not to name, said: “I didn’t realise I was doing anything wrong.”
And he stressed that “it wasn’t planned” and that he was “egged on”.
The 23 year-old, from Walsall, was pictured holding a noose around the neck of a black doll at a music gig in Swansea last month. He later posted a video of the incident on Youtube.
His actions have been condemned by a Labour MP.
But the man told the Sunday Mercury: “The gig was absolutely brilliant. One of the best nights of my life. As I was hanging the golliwog the band was playing American Country and Western music and Johnny Rebel hits.
“It was all in jest and I don’t regret a minute of it and would so the same again.
“The mistake I made was to put a video of the ‘lynching’ up on YouTube.
“I didn’t realise I was doing anything wrong. I wasn’t inciting anyone to go out and lynch black people because it’s against the law.”
He added: “I admire the Klan and its Christian values and believe in racial segregation.
“The UK is only for white indigenous folk and everyone of colour should be settled in one small area out the way or better still deported back to their place of origin.”
Labour MP for Perry Barr Khalid Mahmood said the man’s actions were “reprehensible”.
“Police need to carry out a thorough investigation because individuals like this have the potential to cause serious damage in our communities through word and deed.
“He appears to show no remorse.
“His behaviour is just not acceptable in this day and age.”
The shocking images were captured at an event organised by Blood and Honour, a “white power” music network.
It took place after a “White Pride World Wide” march in the Welsh city.
The man told the Sunday Mercury that he had not planned to mock up the hanging of the golliwog.
He said: “The lynching wasn’t planned, but somebody from the Welsh National Front had bought along this stuffed golliwog he’d made to the gig.
“Everyone egged me on to re-enact what used to happen in the deep south of America to bad black people who had done something wrong.
“Innocent black people were never lynched and people forget that bad white people were also lynched by mobs too.
“The blacks were targeted for the better good of society there at the time.”
Johnny Rebel is a controversial American Country and Western singer whose songs, with incendiary titles like “Stay away from Dixie” and “Move them N*****s North”, were popular in the Deep South in the 1960s and 70s.
His lyrics were often supportive of the Ku Klux Klan and included derogatory references to black people.
Nearly 3,500 African Americans and 1,300 whites were lynched in the United Sates between 1882 and 1968.” Ends.
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