If you’re one of the two people who’ve read the criminally underrated classic ‘Hate-Crime Hoaxing For Fun And Profit’ you’ll know all about the phenomenon of phantom KKK sightings. You’ll know about the one where Payton Head thought he heard about someone seeing a Klansman and so posted a PANIC! post on facebook which created PANIC! and you’ll know about the one where, already under the influence of RACISM PANIC! A college student hallucinated a Klansman standing by a tree.
Well! We had a real treat this week! I think it’s my favourite imaginary Klansman panic so far….. (From Breitbart):
On Monday, students at Indiana University Bloomington mistook a priest for a Ku Klux Klan member, taking to social media to express their fear of the alleged Klansman, who they claimed was carrying a whip, and dressed in “white robes.”
Rumors of a Klansman on campus were extinguished after it was pointed out that the passerby was actually a priest innocently making his way through Bloomington, Indiana. When sighted on campus, students thought his white robes indicated an affiliation with the KKK.
Residential hall advisor Ethan Gill quickly wrote an email to his students, warning them of the “threat” on campus: “There has been a person reported walking around campus in a KKK outfit holding a whip.
This is all brilliant stuff. The guy was a Dominican Monk. More details from indystar.com:
That “someone” reportedly ended up being Father Jude McPeak, a Dominican monk. And no, he’s not in the Ku Klux Klan. The whip in the original tweet was actually his rosary or belt.
And these Dominican guys are witty guys… Look at these pictures they tweeted to ‘avoid confusion in future’:
Now, what I’m wondering is how much PANIC! Would be created if American college students stumbled upon a Holy Week procession in Seville.
By the way, the actual Klan comprises about fifty guys who occasionally meet up for a barbecue (and set fire to a plank) in the woods. Nothing to get excited or PANIC! about.