Atlanta Sheriff Says He Shouldn't Be Judged for Old Photo of Him Wearing KKK Costume

Atlanta Sheriff Says He Shouldn't Be Judged for Old Photo of Him Wearing KKK Costume

What's the worst that could happen to a man of the law around re-election time? Yup, racial controversy. Atlanta Sheriff Roger Garrison is trying to stomp out the flames caused by photos of him wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume at a 1980s Halloween party. 

"I don't deny it was stupid, looking back now,” Garrison said of the photos, but added that he shouldn't be judged for a "stupid mistake made nearly 30 years ago. "What 21 or 22 year-old in this world hasn't made some stupid mistakes?"

Garrison says he does not support the white supremacist group, and that he and a friend were paying homage to a scene from the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles. Still, with Garrison's pending re-election just a month away, this is bad timing. Also, regardless of how racist you claim you aren't, that infamous white hood will always scream "I'm racist."

[via NY Daily News]

Tags: atlanta, racism, ku-klux-klan, roger-garrison
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