Now that Howard “Goodloe” Sutton has stepped down as the publisher of
Sutton made headlines in late February after he published a piece that began with "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again."
In the Op-ed, he asked for the return of the white supremacist hate group to travel to Washington, D.C.
The editorial said he wants the KKK to “clean out DC” and take down “Democrats in the Republican party and Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”
Sutton also had this to get off his chest: “Slaves, just freed after the Civil War, were not stupid. At times, they borrowed their former masters’ robes and horses and rode through the night to frighten some evildoer. Sometimes they had to kill one or two of them, but so what.”
The hate-filled column created a significant controversy prompting Sutton to exit the newspaper in a very unapologetic manner.
The former head of the
Sutton also shared his bizarre plans now that he is a retiree by saying in an interview with a local media outlet: "I do not own it (the newspaper) I can drink beer and chase women now. They can't run too fast, or I can't catch them."
Sutton also claimed that the KKK was not violent and added that the white supremacist terrorist organization "didn't kill but a few people."
Elecia R. Dexter, an African-American woman, has been named the publisher and editor of the paper.
Dexter, who was a “strategic leader with expertise in human resources, operations, and change management,” was welcomed with this press release: “The
Sutton inherited the 140-year-old family-owned paper from his father in 1964.