When the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in Anaheim’s Pearson Park on Feb. 27, they were, remarkably, not the most violent people at the park that day. Counter-protesters physically assaulted Klansmen, and one Klansman, an Exalted Cyclops of the Loyal White Knights, used a knife to defend himself. His name is Charles Edward Donner, and he stabbed three people. He was arrested for the stabbings, but footage of the event showed he acted in self-defense. Based on that, Donner was released by police.
Look a little deeper into Donner’s life, and a stunningly complex picture of this man’s background will emerge. According to El Tecolote, Donner’s grandfather, interestingly, did not list English as his native language in the 1920 U.S. census. He chose to list his first language as Yiddish. Could Donner’s grandfather have been Jewish?
The KKK famously hates Jews and other minority groups. They see the U.S.A as a country created for white protestants, and Jews (such as Bernie Sanders) don’t fit that mold. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz don’t fit that mold either, but that’s because they’re Hispanic. However, David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, has said positive things about Donald Trump.
Duke believes President Obama clearly doesn’t fit in with the Klan’s image. He tweeted a picture that makes this point very bluntly. It’s a picture with two images on it: one shows Obama with a disgusted look on his face; the other shows a smiling white woman. The picture is captioned “We cannot trust people who hate our ancestors to protect our descendants.”
The former Grand Wizard seems to have forgotten that President Obama’s mother is white, and he is descended from a long line of white people. His children are part white. There are all kinds of genetics coursing through his veins, and there will be even more in his future descendants.
It’s entirely possible that Grand Cyclops Donner was only at that Klan rally, armed and ready to defend fellow Klansmen, because his Jewish grandfather cared about the survival of his descendants. While his grandfather was most likely never a Klansmen, let’s not forget it was possibly a Jew who was responsible for the future production of a brother of the Klan.
We are all of diverse genetic backgrounds. Early humans migrated from region to region, and modern humans do the same with far more frequency. When the Klan promotes white supremacy, they ought not to forget that the roots of their members stretch back to a time when the Klan didn’t even exist.