SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The South Bend Tribune recently ran an obituary for the Imperial Wizard of The National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who lived in Mishawaka. While the obituary didn’t mention the KKK directly, it did allow a well known White Supremacist slogan to be inserted.
The obituary is for Railton Loy, who had been the national leader of the KKK organization since 1993. He and his cronies have made headlines across the country for decades. You can read numerous news articles about him. Here is one from NBC. Here is one from the LA Times. This article is from The Chicago Tribune. Loy is also known to use the name Ray Larsen.
Within the obituary, a randomly placed O.R.I.O.N appears. According to the Anti-Defamation League, O.R.I.O.N stands for “One Race is Our Nation.” You can see a picture of the printed obituary below.
The irony here is that the South Bend Tribune has been known to find what it calls “White Supremacy” in things that have nothing to do racism. The Tribune wrote an article earlier this year about a picture of Santa Claus holding up an “OK” hand sign that had been posted on the South Bend FOP Facebook page. The post was obviously innocent, but some have claimed the “OK” sign is now a dog whistle for white supremacists.