Andrew Pendergraft, Preacher of Hate Aged 10
The Sun, the British newspaper, has a biography of the young Klan leader:
YOUNG Andrew Pendergraft is playing in the sprawling grounds of his family’s country home.
Like any other active ten-year-old, he loves running through the fields and splashing about in the river.
But later he will appear on internet TV and - clearly reading from a script - he will solemnly share his bigoted views on the supremacy of the white race with potentially thousands of other children online.
Andrew may be only ten but he is the face of youth within America’s Ku Klux Klan, the most infamous hate organisation in the world.
He has been indoctrinated into the ways of the Klan - famed for its burning crosses, lynch mobs and attacks on black people - by his mum Rachel at their home in Harrison, Arkansas, deep in America’s Bible Belt.
It will be three years until Andrew can officially join the Klan, but he already uses his own programme on his family’s internet station, White Pride TV, to preach to his audience of like-minded people about the “evils” of races mixing.
He says: “We film White Pride TV on Sunday after church and I have my own spot, The Andrew Show. I talk about something I have seen during the week, like an inter-racial cartoon or kiss, or a film that portrays white people as bad.
“I thought the film Avatar showed white people as destroying the rainforest, which we don’t do, and I like to talk about that.”
It is hardly surprising that Andrew and sisters Charity, 19, and Shelby, 17, hold such views - they are the grandchildren of Thomas Robb, America’s national Klan leader.
Robb’s extremism originated with his own parents. The 64-year-old - Rachel’s father - claims to have “become awakened” to many of his views from the age of 13.
On the surface, the Pendergrafts’ lives seem a model of all-American wholesomeness.
Their days are filled with music lessons, schoolwork, church, chores and camping trips.
Yet all three children have been forbidden by their mum from mixing with other races, and told they must marry other white people and have children to prevent the Klan’s biggest fear - the extinction of the white race.
Although 40-year-old Rachel claims the Klan has changed since its violent heyday, she has home-schooled all three children at the family ranch to prevent them absorbing views from other children.
She says: “I would love it if there was a public school system which I could faithfully send my children to.
“But they would be taught there are heroes of the homosexual agenda, and that it is OK to race-mix. They would be taught that there is a great socialist agenda in America and they can get on that bandwagon.
The newspaper posts a diatribe by the kid against The Princess And The Frog, a progressive and heartwarming film to some but a hot button for spontaneous combustion to some:
IN this shocking extract from one of ten-year-old Andrew’s recent web broadcasts, the youngster slams “race-mixing” in animated Disney movie The Princess And The Frog.
“Hi, my name is Andrew. This show is for all the white kids out there.
Is everybody having a good Christmas? Have you seen the new Disney Princess movie? It’s called The Princess And The Frog. The Princess is black, so that is good for all the black kids out there.
But the Prince is white.
Race-mixing is wrong.
If all other people mix up there won’t be any more white kids.
So don’t race-mix.
There are lots of people against white people and Christians in the movie. The good guy is a voodoo witch doctor. He does spells and has magic potions.
Voodoo doctors worship the Devil so it’s a pretty bad movie for kids, especially white kids.
Voodoo is the religion that lots of blacks used to have but white people taught them about God. So don’t race-mix.
Well, I’ll see you next week.
Be white and proud. Bye!”