With a name like Johnny Lee Clary, your life choices from birth are basically limited to “professional wrestler” or “KKK Imperial Wizard.” Johnny Lee Clary dared to dream and became both.
As good an ol’ boy as good ol’ boys get, the guy led his Oklahoma Klan chapter through cross-burnings, threat campaigns, and even church arson for the better part of a decade. The entire time, he constantly harrassed NAACP leader Reverend Wade Watts, who would turn out to be the Roadrunner to his Wile E. Coyote, spoiling and thwarting his racist tactics time and again, usually in hilarious ways. Clary eventually left the Klan, became a minister, befriended Watts, and was even invited to preach at the church he had once tried to burn down. In this talk show clip, Clary describes his run-ins with Watts while he was still a Klansman. They’re actually very funny, especially the last one that finally made him give up on going after the reverend.
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