EXCLUSIVE: ‘I don’t hate blacks… Ain’t that something?’ KKK Imperial Wizard found 30 years after he fled the US insists he isn’t racist, just SEGREGATIONIST – and denies being an FBI snitch
- Bill Wilkinson was Imperial Grand Wizard of the Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan until he vanished without a trace in 1984
- Daily Mail Online discovered Wilkinson and yesterday revealed how he is now the owner of a holiday resort in Belize
- After being discovered Wilkinson invited Daily Mail Online to accompany him on a walk around San Pedro, the town where the resort is located
- In the majority black town he hugged locals and laughed and joked with them and said: ‘Blacks, Rastafarians, Hispanics, you should see me with them.’
- But asked for his true views he said: ‘I have not changed. I wouldn’t let one marry my children or my grandchildren.’
- And he said he still believes in segregation, claiming he was following God’s commands that the races should live separate lives
A former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now lives in Belize, alongside the very race of people he fought to segregate, has told Daily Mail Online: ‘I don’t hate blacks… Ain’t that something?’
Breaking his 30-year silence Bill Wilkinson – once the most powerful white supremacist in the world – hit back at claims he is a racist.
Speaking from the sun-drenched hotel resort he owns and where Daily Mail Online tracked him down, Wilkinson said: ‘Don’t call me racist, I don’t hate blacks.
‘I never have hated blacks, I still don’t hate blacks, I don’t hate anyone.’
But in a baffling contradiction Wilkinson added that he had not ‘changed’ since his KKK days.
He said: ‘I’m just a Bible-crashing segregationist. I still believe in segregation, that’s how it should be.
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Smiling segregationist: Bill Wilkinson took Daily Mail Online on a tour of San Pedro, Belize, where he lives, to show that even if he does not want white and black living side by side he is ‘not a racist’ and was greeted by market trader Bernice like an old friend
Reality: Bill Wilkinson in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1977, when he led what the FBI warned was the most dangerous and violent version of the KKK. Unlike other KKK leaders, he was happy to show his face
Shameless: Bill Wilkinson posed in the robes he wore to show his leadership of the outlawed group. Such was his ambition to cause racial unrest that he traveled illegally to the United Kingdom to foment hatred there
‘God has commanded me not to mix with other races.
‘I have not changed, I’m the same man I always have been.
‘I wouldn’t let one [a black person] marry my children or my grandchildren.’
Wilkinson owns a multi-millionaire dollar holiday resort in San Pedro on the island of Amergris Caye, living alongside the island’s majority black population – the same race of people he fought to segregate in the 1970s and 80s.
Yesterday Daily Mail Online revealed that he had been discovered. In the wake of the disclosure, he took Daily Mail Online on a tour of his hometown of San Pedro, to ‘show how I am with the blacks’.
The 72-year-old – who served as Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire of the Knights of the KKK from 1975 to 1984 – reveals he is now ‘happy’ living among the island’s mostly Black, Mayan and Hispanic population.
Wilkinson said: ‘Life is real good, I love the island, it’s full of very friendly people.
‘I enjoy scuba diving, that’s what I came here for, snorkeling, fishing.
‘People here know about my past but they don’t care, they accept me for who I am.’
Astonishingly Wilkinson – who runs the Seven Seas Resort in the popular tourist destination – says he doesn’t believe he is ‘mixing’ with other races by living in Belize.
He said: ‘I would get asked similar questions during the 70s and 80s.
Greeting: Bill Wilkinson took Daily Mail Online on a tour of the town to show how he gets on with people of all racists. He greeted disabled local artist Kirt Cruz with a fist bump
Relaxed: Ex KKK leader Bill Wilkinson with Kirt Cruz, a local artist in the town. Cruz said he knew Wilkinson’s views and said: ‘It takes a mentally insane person to think like that.’
Friendly greeting: Bill Wilkinson with a Lebanese shop owner who he nicknames ‘The Turk’.’When ya’ll going back to where you came from,’ Wilkinson joked to the man who called him ‘King of the red-necks’
‘I am a segregationist. By segregation I believe no intermingling in the schools and churches, things of that nature.’
When it was pointed out to him that many people will be mystified as to why a former Imperial Wizard would decide to live among a black population in Central America, he laughed and said: ‘Ain’t that something? I don’t hate ’em [black people].’
When our reporter pointed out the fact that his toxic views are reviled by the majority of right-minded people around the world, he replied: ‘You’d be surprised.’
Wilkinson openly admitted he was friendly with the local black population and reveled in giving us the grand tour.
‘Blacks, Rastafarians, Hispanics, you should see me with them,’ he said.
The Daily Mail Online witnessed Wilkinson seemingly at ease greeting black men and women he said were his friends.
He laughed, joked, hugged and kissed several locals – black men and women whom he admitted he once marched against.