I have been called a “PETA apologist” because sometimes I defend their techniques. But this time I can’t.
PETA plans to show up at the AKC Westminster dog show dressed as Klansmen to point out some of the similarities between the AKC and the KKK. They say the similarities are “pure bloodlines, master race/master pedigree, woeful lack of fashion sense” and I agree. Both the AKC and the KKK are borne of eugenics, both are violent and cruel, both promote prejudice.
Kennel Clubs are EVIL, but…
The KKK still kills people. STILL. This is not “unfortunate moments in human history” as some anti-PETA spokepeople call the KKK, this is real life, current racism, hate, murder.
No one should dress as a Klansman, not even as part of a protest. It’s too confusing, it’s too provocative, it’s too racist. It’s not funny, it’s not safe, it’s not OK.
I think dressing up as KKK members is WAY too far overboard. For starters, it has potential for inciting violence. PETA people who are dressed up could easily get hurt because the image of Klansmen invokes righteous anger (which is what the AKC should invoke and is why PETA has chosen to do this).
Moreover, people who copy PETA and dress as Klansmen could get hurt by angry breeders (whose anger isn’t justified) or by angry anti-racists (whose anger IS justified). People just won’t “get it” and instead the demonstration will unveil people’s racism and hate.