A black guy in a Ku Klux Klan costume set up a table in front of a Virginia Target store this week “promoting race relations.”
Instead, he ended up talking to Stafford County Sheriff’s deputies before putting an end to the “social experiment.”
#HappeningNow: This afternoon, we responded to reports of a subject wearing a KKK outfit at the Stafford Marketplace Target. Deputies made contact with the subject who claimed he was conducting a social experiment. He was warned on wearing a mask in public & left the scene pic.twitter.com/Vm77fZmAXy
— StaffordCoSheriff (@staffcosheriff) February 11, 2020
“Good afternoon, I’m Maj. Shawn Kimmitz with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office with information about a call we received earlier this afternoon,” Kimmitz said in video posted to Twitter. “At approximately 2:30 p.m., Stafford deputies responded to the Stafford Marketplace Target, just off of Garrisonville Road, in regards to a subject wearing a KKK outfit.
“As units arrived on scene, they were able to identify the black male as a subject that did not live in Stafford County. He informed us he was conducting a social experiment. He was warned on wearing a mask in public and has left that area. Thank you.”
It is illegal to wear a mask with the intent to conceal identity in Virginia, The Associated Press reports.
Kimmitz did not identify the man, who generated several videos on YouTube, all posted by the same account – “George D Bush.”
The footage shows the man shouting at cars that pass by while waiving a copy of a paperback book titled “The Art of Shutting the F**k Up.” The man stood behind a table with a blue box with the word “donations” scribbled on the side.
“We’re out here giving black people chicken,” the man shouted to nobody.
In one clip, a white woman walked by and muttered something inaudible.
“Hey, ya, wonder woman. You look pretty good,” the man said. “Look at ya. Swap that white skin. We’re about to get up out of here.
In another 22-second clip, a woman from England stopped to inquire about the man’s get-up, which also included white gloves.
“What are you doing?” the woman said.
“What do you mean, what I doin?” the man replied.
“Like, what are you doing?” the woman repeated.
“Hey, hey, hey, let me do what I do, and you do what you do,” the KKK clown said.
“I’m from England, and I’m curious as to what you represent?” the woman persisted.
“Oh, oh,” the man said, “we promoting race relations here in Stafford, Virginia.”
The third video was more of the same.
“Hey, … what the f**k?” a black man said as he cruised by in an late model Malibu.
“Hey jiggaboo,” the man replied, “it’s cloudy as f**k, here.”
“Oh, hell nah, cuz,” the driver shot back.
“Hey, come here, come here,” the KKK man said.
When the car came back around, the man encouraged the driver to “buy one of these books about racism.”
“Hey, hey, hey, we’re here,” the hooded heckler said. “We’re here.”
“Oh, shit!” the driver said as he pulled away.
Videos of the odd display encouraged readers to visit sites including www.ArtofSTFU.com and WomensBlueBook.com.
Art of STFU features the book, while WomensBlueBook.com offers an interactive service for users to find the value of women based on specific mental, physical and emotional traits.
A message sent through a contact form run through GoDaddy.com was returned by Shelly Archer, who made it clear the stunt is designed to generate money, or something.
“There are a few people who would like to chat with me, and I’d love to give an exclusive,” Archer wrote. “I have the offers from other people, what is it what you are willing to offer for the exclusive?”
Archer is listed as co-owner at “Veteran Technologies, LLC” on Linkedin, and the picture linked to the account appears to be the same woman the KKK heckler dubbed “wonder woman” in one of the YouTube videos.