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Belize, British Virgin Islands, Hawaii

a KKK leader’s resort, a dive shop’s faulty rental gear

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The Ku Klux Klan on Ambergris Key. Over the years, several Undercurrent readers have stayed at the Seven Seas Resort, on Belize's Ambergris Caye. Let's hope never again. It seems that a fellow named Bill Wilkinson, who was once reviled across America when he served as Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from 1975 to 1984, owns this little run-down tourist resort. As the Daily Mail reported on March 17, "Wilkinson organized hundreds of marches across America to stir up racial hatred . . . He set up a para-military-style training camp to equip Klansmen with the combat skills needed in the event of a 'race war'. . . Then in 1984, Wilkinson resigned from the organization, left America for Belize and acquired the Seven Seas Resort . . . But the unsuspecting guests at Seven Seas know nothing of the dark past of the resort's owner . . . Tanned Wilkinson spends his days milling around the dated property chatting with guests or taking a dip in the swimming pool . . . Bizarrely, Wilkinson seems convivial with the local black population. A front desk worker told the Daily Mail, 'Mr. Bill doesn't bother us too much, he lets us run the hotel. He lives in one of the condos on the second floor and comes in and out, he spends a lot of time on his computer.' The Belizian workers have some knowledge of their bosses' controversial past as the head of the KKK, but seem to have little understanding of the power and influence he wielded all those years ago . . . News reports in 1978 say Wilkinson was deported from Britain after trying to start a KKK movement there . . . In astonishing 37-year-old photos, Wilkinson is seen at a cross-burning ceremony in a farmer's field in the English countryside . . . According to Wilkinson, he chose to come to Belize 'to do scuba diving and fishing.'" Read the entire story and see the photos at www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2990509/The-KKK-s-violent-Imperial- Wizard-pictured-time-vanished-America-1984-paradise-holiday-resort-owns-country-tiny-whiteminority. html...


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