Writers love to add stuff after they’re done writing something, but usually they tweak rather than blow up their work with a completely new idea.
Most everyone apparently thinks Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton needs to say more about his great-grandfather and KKK leader. Denounce him. Apologize. Condemn the KKK. Express revulsion at racism. Slam white nationalists. Something.
Tom Tancredo is always comfortable in front of a microphone, even when his words are making his audience uncomfortable. That’s exactly what the most prominent Republican to endorse Walker Stapleton did July 30 at the Jefferson County Republican Men’s club, when he delivered racist comments about black student athletes at his alma mater, Northeastern Junior College.
If you regularly read the Colorado Times Recorder, you probably know by now that candidate for governor Walker Stapleton started his political career in 2010 with a campaign advertisement suggesting he wanted to continue a family record of “public service” that started with his great-grandfather, a former Denver Mayor.
What’s in a name? Trust me, as someone with a surname that has a downside, it’s a double-edged sword. Since childhood, I have heard bad jokes about my name (although nothing original in decades). When I was single, friends joked that I should marry a man with the surname of Butt and hyphenate my last name. Hyphenation of my name with any other is pretty much out of the question. The upside of my name is that it IS memorable. And luckily, my family always encouraged a healthy sense of humor and a lot of education.
Stapleton Won’t Talk To The New York Times About His Great-Grandfather, Who Was A KKK Leader in Colorado
Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton declined an offer from The New York Times‘ Julie Turkewitz to chat about his great-grandfather, Benjamin Stapleton, who was the Mayor of Denver and a KKK leader in the 1920s.
Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who’s also a candidate for governor, distanced himself from his family’s history of involvement with the Ku Klux Klan in Denver, but wouldn’t apologize on behalf of their white supremacist legacy.
Stapleton Condemns Racism but Some Say He Should Go Further in Addressing His Great-Grandfather’s KKK Legacy in Denver
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.