Swirling on the fringe of Republican Walker Stapleton’s run for governor is the question of how, and if, he should address the fact that his great-grandfather, former Denver Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado in the 1920s.
Residents of Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood voted Tuesday night on whether to change the name of their neighborhood association from “Stapleton United Neighbors” (SUN) to “Central Park United Neighbors.”
Members of the Stapleton neighborhood gathered Saturday to discuss whether the name of the community should be changed.
Walker Stapleton no longer touts the political legacy of his great-grandfather, who was a KKK leader
When he first ran for statewide political office in Colorado, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton touted his “proud family tradition of community leadership,” which included the “great” accomplishments of Benjamin Stapleton, his great-grandfather who was a former Mayor of Denver and a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
A decision by the History Colorado museum to remove references to former Denver Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton in its Ku Klux Klan exhibit, even though he’s one of the most prominent Klansmen in Colorado history, has led Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Barlock to accuse fellow GOP candidate Walker Stapleton of directing his family’s foundation to donate to the museum to cover up the Stapletons’ white supremacist roots.
In Facebook responses to Charlottesville violence, some Colorado conservatives embrace Trump’s many sides-ism
Following last weekend’s uproar of racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists gathered for the “Unite the Right” protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, President Trump first responded by condemning “many sides.” Later, after a brief change of heart, the President blamed many sides again.