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Black conservative welcomes support of KKK on initiative to end affirmative action in Michigan

California-based Ward Connerly is one of the reasons black conservatives have little credibility. He’s the founder of an outfit called the American Civil Rights Institute, which has as its mission to educate the public “about the need to move beyond racial and gender preferences.”

People can engage in meaningful discussion about the pros and cons of affirmative action as a policy, however, Connerly finds no problem that his largest ally in support of a ballot initiative in Michigan to amend the state constitution to end AA policies in public government is the Klan. He has made himself a joke, and undercuts any serious arguments he could bring to the table.

In the 39-second clip posted on, Mark Bernstein of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission says Connerly’s group has no support from notable civil rights groups.

“In fact just to illustrate how extreme and radical this group is,” Bernstein says, “the only large organization that’s endorsed the MCRI is the Ku Klux Klan.” Then the clip cuts to Connerly.

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“If the Ku Klux Klan thinks that equality is right, God bless them,” Connerly says. “Thank them for finally reaching the point where logic and reason are being applied, instead of hate.”

…David Waymire, a spokesman for One United Michigan, which supports affirmative action and opposes Proposal 2, doesn’t accept Connerly’s explanation of his statement.

“Do you think anybody really believes the Ku Klux Klan supports equal rights?” Waymire said. “The Klan deserves to be rejected at every turn, not embraced. They have been playing the race card from Day One.”

This isn’t the only time Connerly has found friends in organized bigotry — last month he shook hands with the chair of the Michigan chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white separatist group. Unhinged.

Hat tip, Think Progress.

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