NORMAN, Okla. - A man dressed in a KKK outfit was protesting Tuesday on the University of Oklahoma campus.
His outfit drew attention from both students and the university.
“Wearing a KKK hood is offensive to a lot of people. Especially to me and to my heritage," said student Lauryn McCardell. “I have family members and older family members who were involved in slavery and so close to racism and I think it just, it brings back memories and it brings back unfortunate realities that we have to face every day.”
However, the man, who said his name is "Mike," said he wore the outfit to draw attention to racism on campus. He also said he's not part of the KKK or a racist.
“The kids hate it at first because they think I’m promoting it," he said. "But I’m drawing attention to it to say, ‘Jesus Christ made the outside of every one of us. It’s the inside that we have sin. If you’re insulting the skin color, you’re insulting God’s work.”
Students, however, found his approach to be offensive.
“If somebody came up here in a Nazi uniform and started to preach love and tolerance, I don’t think people would really be concerned with the message," said student Dan Williams. "They’d be concerned with what they’re wearing.”
The university sent us this statement:
"The individual from out of state is not affiliated with OU in any way and does not represent the values of the university family. University officials have been monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of the OU community."