This is the risk when you have a generation dominated by “nones” and clueless about American history.
A Dominican friar on a prayer walk around Indiana University-Bloomington Monday night was mistaken for an armed member of the Ku Klux Klan, sparking a social-media freakout and leading students to confront the poor guy while he was trying to order frozen yogurt.
A resident adviser emailed his residents to warn about the reports of the KKK on campus, saying campus police couldn’t do anything about it because of the Klansman’s “first ammendment [sic] rights,” and advising them to just stay inside for the night or contact him if they feel “unsafe.”
The Tab said:
While the KKK has been active in the area in the past, it later became apparent this klansman armed with a whip was actually just a monk of the Dominican order in traditional white robes. The “whip” he was holding may have been his rosary beads.
After a picture of the supposed violent racist at Red Mango got sent around, RA Ethan Gill posted a clarification to Facebook (not public) halfheartedly apologizing for his own naivete and negligence but calling the viral reports “a hilarious miscommunication.”
Yeah, rising up with digital pitchforks against a guy praying for your clueless souls is a riot.
A person on Reddit recognized himself in the Red Mango photo: