Judge receives backlash for saying black men are more effective at killing black people than KKK

Cheryl Kahla
Jan 10, 2019
09:24 P.M.
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A judge is the center of media attention after he said in court that Black men kill each other "better than" the KKK did.


Judge Wayne Shelton, a white judge from Tennessee denounced black-on-black crime by comparing young Black men to the Ku Klux Klan.

While addressing Vincent Merriweather last week at a preliminary homicide hearing, Shelton launched in a racially charged speech.


He said: “I don’t understand it. I grew up in a time where people wore white robes, and they shot at black people. And now we see young black men wearing black hoodies shooting at black men. And doing a much more effective job than the Klan ever thought about doing.”

Some people defended the judge, saying he was giving a valuable lesson to young people not to kill each other, while others believe he was racist.


Many were even willing to let it pass, had it been Shelton's first offense. He had, in the passed, discussed race as well as the KKK.

Three years ago, he compared the gunning down of a man at a high school graduation party as a Klan murder and added:

“That’s the absolute tragedy. It’s black men killing black men. The Klan doesn’t exist anymore. Who doesn’t care about black lives now? I’ll let you answer that. I’m tired of black men killing black men. If I offended anyone … I can’t help it.”


He added that "Black lives really do matter," but that the was sick and tired of the "total disregard of that fact."

In a similar, a Kansas count commissioner is in trouble when he referred to himself as a member of the master race.


Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp told Triveece Penelton, a city planner with Kansas City's environmental consulting company:

“I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race You know, you got a gap in your teeth, you’re the masters. Don’t ever forget that.”

His colleagues have since labeled him as a racist and demanded that he apologize to Penelton and the country for his comments.

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