“You became my target at the time because I did not believe that people of different races should live together,” Rev. William Aitcheson.

Would you accept an apology from a former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on your lawn 40 years ago?

Phillip and Barbara Butler are faced with this real-life question.

Rev. William Aitcheson, a former high-ranking KKK member turned Roman Catholic priest, has apologized to the Butlers for terrorizing them by burning a cross on their lawn in College Park, Maryland in 1977.

Aitcheson said he was “blinded by hate and ignorance,” according to his letter addressed to the Butlers and obtained by The Washington Post.

 “My actions were despicable,” Aitcheson wrote, adding, “When I think back on burning crosses, a threatening letter, and so on, I feel as though I am speaking of somebody else. It’s hard to believe that was me.”

Well, it was him. And it was hateful, misguided and wrong.

The Butlers aren’t quick to accept Aitcheson’s four decades old apology. They told reporters they are not ready to forgive or forget.

The Butlers were newlyweds in 1977 and Phillip Butler had just returned from serving in the Vietnam War. They lived in a house on a quiet street in Maryland until Aitcheson’s racist act.

It’s a lot to ask from the Butlers. Normally, Black folks are a forgiving people.

But not today – and justifiably.

“This is going to take some time,” Barbara Butler told The Washington Post. “For you to come into my life, 40 years, and say I’m sorry. I will pray on it. That’s the only thing I can do.”

Along with the letter, Aitcheson sent two checks worth $23,000 to the Butlers — money the family was supposed to receive from a court-ordered lawsuit filed after the incident four decades ago.

“You became my target at the time because I did not believe that people of different races should live together,” Aitcheson wrote. “I was blinded by hate and ignorance. … I believe now that all people can live together in peace regardless of race.”

So while Aitcheson may have experienced a spiritual purification of sorts, the Butlers say they are actually owed $68,000 in interest accumulated over 40 years.

It’s a small price to pay for the KKK trying run the Butlers out of their neighborhood.

The Ku Klux Klan is persistent in its racism. The bigoted, white-hooded organization is desperate to recruit new members even as  Aitcheson has apologized to the Butlers.

In small towns in Virginia, the KKK is hoping their racist and anti-Semitic messages will resonate with some white residents.

In the tiny town of Washington in Rappahannock County, a woman told the county sheriff that she found a bag in her driveway and a flier denouncing Black Lives Matter and encouraging residents to join the KKK.

The flier, according to The Washington Post, called for attacking Jews and synagogues and signed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Pelham, N.C.

So far, about 60 plastic bags with fliers have been found in driveways, according to the Post.

Neighbors should rebuke the KKK at every opportunity.

Just ask the Butlers.

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11 thoughts on “For One Maryland Family, Former KKK Member’s Apology Came Too Late

    • Mrknowitall, Farrakhan has never lynched a white person; Farrakhan has never burned a cross on a white person’s lawn; Farrakhan don’t have a history of murdering white people, which proves u DON’t KNOW IT ALL.

      • Mrknowitall on said:

        Dear black people: not only is Farrakhan a devout racist who may or may not have lynched anyone, but he had Malcolm X murdered.

  1. Brandon LaVergne on said:

    It’s frustrating how people always talk about they believe in Christ and his words, they are Christians. It’s better late than never folks. If you a true Christian without question you should forgive but it doesn’t mean you have to forget. All this he must be dying and he should burn in hell is stupid. Like Theo said, “Only God can judge him”.

  2. My Opinion on said:

    Typical white bigots hiding under the pretense of being a Christian a person supposedly representing God, but in actuality they are filled with hate. Like the other person said on this page he’s probably dying and trying to ease his mind 40 years to late. I would have a hard time excepting that lame apology also check or no check. Don’t forget the interest klan boy.

    • @MyOpinion, ‘Judge and ye shall be judged’. I respectfully & humbly impart to u that u cannot see into the heart of this man as a means to pass judgment against him as u have done. ONLY GOD has the EXCLUSIVE Right & Jurisdiction & Venue to pass Judgment on this man.

  3. S. Bland on said:

    He apologized and paid the money. Yeah it’s late but I think I would find a way to forgive him. His letter and actions seem sincere…

  4. 40 YEARS is too damn late to apologize for such a HATEFUL act.
    The fact that this turd was a Catholic priest, a “so called Man of God”-makes
    matters even worse.

    This TURD must be dying and trying to ease his conscience.
    I hope he still BURNS IN HELL!!!!!!!

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