Former KKK Member Mike Burden Left With Reverend’s Help | Megyn Kelly TODAY


[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>>SO, MIKE’S STORY IS CALLED>>>SO, MIKE’S STORY IS CALLED IN A BOOK CALLED “BURDEN: A IN A BOOK CALLED “BURDEN: A PREACHER, A KLANSMAN AND A PREACHER, A KLANSMAN AND A MODERN STORY OF THE SOUTH.” MODERN STORY OF THE SOUTH.” IT WILL SOON BE A MOVIE CALLED IT WILL SOON BE A MOVIE CALLED REQUESTED REQUESTED “BURDEN.” “BURDEN.” HERE IS THEIR STORY. HERE IS THEIR STORY. WATCH THIS. WATCH THIS.>>GREW UP LEARNING TO SURVIVE.>>GREW UP LEARNING TO SURVIVE. THAT’S WHAT I DONE. THAT’S WHAT I DONE.>>Reporter: AS A TEENAGER,>>Reporter: AS A TEENAGER, MICHAEL BURDEN MOVED TO THE MICHAEL BURDEN MOVED TO THE SMALL TOWN OF LAWRENCE, SOUTH SMALL TOWN OF LAWRENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA. CAROLINA.>>WHY WASN’T I IN THE KLAN?>>WHY WASN’T I IN THE KLAN?>>Reporter: BURDEN MET JOHN>>Reporter: BURDEN MET JOHN HOWARD, A KLANSMAN. HOWARD, A KLANSMAN.>>HE WAS SOMEBODY I LOOKED UP>>HE WAS SOMEBODY I LOOKED UP TO. TO. I WANTED TO LEARN THE KLAN I WANTED TO LEARN THE KLAN HISTORY. HISTORY.>>THE LIGHT THAT DISPELLED THE>>THE LIGHT THAT DISPELLED THE DARKNESS, A NEW BARON. DARKNESS, A NEW BARON.>>Reporter: HE JOINED THE KU>>Reporter: HE JOINED THE KU KLUX KLAN. KLUX KLAN.>>I MADE IT TO IMPERIAL>>I MADE IT TO IMPERIAL NIGHTHAWK, WHICH WAS BASICALLY NIGHTHAWK, WHICH WAS BASICALLY SECURITY. SECURITY. I WAS TOLD TO PUT THE FEAR OF I WAS TOLD TO PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN PEOPLE. GOD IN PEOPLE. TO SCARE THEM. TO SCARE THEM.>>Reporter: IN 1996, THE TWO>>Reporter: IN 1996, THE TWO MEN OPENED UP A MUSEUM AND STORE MEN OPENED UP A MUSEUM AND STORE CELEBRATING THE KLAN, CALLED THE CELEBRATING THE KLAN, CALLED THE RED NECK RED NECK REDNECK SHOP. REDNECK SHOP.>>WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH>>WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR LIVES. OUR LIVES.>>Reporter: IT DREW NATIONAL>>Reporter: IT DREW NATIONAL ATTENTION AND PROTESTS. ATTENTION AND PROTESTS.>>I CAN SELL ANYBODY JUST ABOUT>>I CAN SELL ANYBODY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. ANYTHING. SO, I TELL THEM THE KLAN. SO, I TELL THEM THE KLAN. WE SOLD T-SHIRTS, ROBES, KLAN WE SOLD T-SHIRTS, ROBES, KLAN PARAPHERNALIA, SOUTHERN PARAPHERNALIA, SOUTHERN PARAPHERNALIA. PARAPHERNALIA. IF IT HAD A CONFEDERATE FLAG ON IF IT HAD A CONFEDERATE FLAG ON IT, WE SOLD IT. IT, WE SOLD IT. IF IT HAD KLAN MEMORABILIA ON IF IT HAD KLAN MEMORABILIA ON IT, WE SOLD IT. IT, WE SOLD IT. WE SOLD ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WE SOLD ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WE COULD, EVEN DOWN TO A WE COULD, EVEN DOWN TO A MEMBERSHIP IN THE KLAN. MEMBERSHIP IN THE KLAN.>>Reporter: TWO MONTHS LATER,>>Reporter: TWO MONTHS LATER, BURDEN GOT MARRIED AND THEY BURDEN GOT MARRIED AND THEY LIVED IN THE REDNECK SHOP LIVED IN THE REDNECK SHOP BUILDING. BUILDING. HE PROMISED HIS NEW WIFE HE HE PROMISED HIS NEW WIFE HE WOULD LEAVE THE KLAN. WOULD LEAVE THE KLAN.>>I WAS DONE.>>I WAS DONE.>>Reporter: NOW, BURDEN AND HIS>>Reporter: NOW, BURDEN AND HIS FAMILY WERE HOMELESS. FAMILY WERE HOMELESS.>>DIDN’T HAVE MONEY TO BUY WHAT>>DIDN’T HAVE MONEY TO BUY WHAT I NEEDED AND GET WHAT I NEEDED. I NEEDED AND GET WHAT I NEEDED. WE DONE THE BEST WE COULD IN THE WE DONE THE BEST WE COULD IN THE BACK OF A TRUCK AND MOTELS. BACK OF A TRUCK AND MOTELS.>>Reporter: BURDEN BEFRIENDED A>>Reporter: BURDEN BEFRIENDED A LOCAL BLACK PREACHER, DAVID LOCAL BLACK PREACHER, DAVID KENNEDY. KENNEDY.>>THE LAST PERSON I EXPECTED TO>>THE LAST PERSON I EXPECTED TO GET HELP FROM. GET HELP FROM. LOVE HIM AS A PERSON, AS AN LOVE HIM AS A PERSON, AS AN INDIVIDUAL. INDIVIDUAL. HE SPENT MONEY TO PUT US IN A HE SPENT MONEY TO PUT US IN A MOTEL. MOTEL. HE SPENT MONEY TO FEED US. HE SPENT MONEY TO FEED US. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT. I CALL HIM A FRIEND. I CALL HIM A FRIEND.>>WOW.>>WOW. PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME MIKE PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME MIKE BURDEN AND REVEREND DAVID BURDEN AND REVEREND DAVID KENNEDY. KENNEDY. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. HERE.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>MIKE, LET ME START WITH YOU.>>MIKE, LET ME START WITH YOU. WE’VE DONE A FEW OF THESE WE’VE DONE A FEW OF THESE STORIES OF FORMER KLANSMEN WHO STORIES OF FORMER KLANSMEN WHO MANAGED TO GET OUT. MANAGED TO GET OUT. WHAT WAS IT INITIALLY THAT DREW WHAT WAS IT INITIALLY THAT DREW YOU TO THE KLAN? YOU TO THE KLAN?>>I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO>>I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LEARN THE HISTORY, THE POSITIVE LEARN THE HISTORY, THE POSITIVE OF THE KLAN AND TURNED OUT FOR OF THE KLAN AND TURNED OUT FOR EVERY POSITIVE I LEARNED, THERE EVERY POSITIVE I LEARNED, THERE WAS TEN NEGATIVE THERE’S TO WAS TEN NEGATIVE THERE’S TO OVERRIDE IT. OVERRIDE IT. I THOUGHT I WOULD LEARN FROM IT I THOUGHT I WOULD LEARN FROM IT AND EDUCATE PEOPLE BUT IT DIDN’T AND EDUCATE PEOPLE BUT IT DIDN’T WORK OUT THE WAY I PLANNED. WORK OUT THE WAY I PLANNED.>>WAS THERE ANY — WHEN WE>>WAS THERE ANY — WHEN WE THINK OF THE CLAN, WEKLAN, WE TH THINK OF THE CLAN, WEKLAN, WE TH PEOPLE FILLED WITH HATE. PEOPLE FILLED WITH HATE. IS THAT HOW IT FELT? IS THAT HOW IT FELT?>>NOT REALLY.>>NOT REALLY. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF THAT. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF THAT. BUT MOST PEOPLE GET IN THERE SO BUT MOST PEOPLE GET IN THERE SO THEY CAN BELONG TO SOMETHING THEY CAN BELONG TO SOMETHING THAT’S KNOWN. THAT’S KNOWN. THEY DON’T REALLY COME IN THEY DON’T REALLY COME IN HATING. HATING. YOU KIND OF LEARN IT WHILE YOU KIND OF LEARN IT WHILE YOU’RE IN THERE. YOU’RE IN THERE. AND THAT’S WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THAT’S WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE DO MAKE THE MISTAKE OF IT. DO MAKE THE MISTAKE OF IT.>>BEFORE YOU CONNECTED WITH THE>>BEFORE YOU CONNECTED WITH THE REVEREND, DID YOU KNOW HIM? REVEREND, DID YOU KNOW HIM?>>NOT PERSONALLY.>>NOT PERSONALLY. BUT I KNEW OF HIM. BUT I KNEW OF HIM. I HAD DONE SOME THINGS LIKE I HAD DONE SOME THINGS LIKE KEEPING UP WITH HIM, TRACKING KEEPING UP WITH HIM, TRACKING HIM DOWN, STUFF LIKE THAT. HIM DOWN, STUFF LIKE THAT. I LISTENED TO HIM PROTEST IN I LISTENED TO HIM PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE STORE AND STUFF FRONT OF THE STORE AND STUFF LIKE THAT. LIKE THAT.>>SO, YOU WERE NOT A FOONAN OF>>SO, YOU WERE NOT A FOONAN OF HIS? HIS?>>NO.>>NO. I WOULDN’T CALL IT A FAN, NO, I WOULDN’T CALL IT A FAN, NO, MA’AM. MA’AM.>>AND THE SAME IN REVERSE, YOU>>AND THE SAME IN REVERSE, YOU WERE NOT A FAN OF MIKE’S OR THE WERE NOT A FAN OF MIKE’S OR THE MUSEUM THAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL. MUSEUM THAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL.>>NO.>>NO.>>YOU MARRY A WOMAN.>>YOU MARRY A WOMAN. AND SHE’S AN EXKLAN MEMBER AND SHE’S AN EXKLAN MEMBER HERSELF. HERSELF. AND SHE WANTS YOU TO LEAVE THE AND SHE WANTS YOU TO LEAVE THE KLAN. KLAN. WHY? WHY?>>HONESTLY, I THINK IT TOOK ME>>HONESTLY, I THINK IT TOOK ME AWAY FROM HER. AWAY FROM HER. MY MIND WASN’T ON HER. MY MIND WASN’T ON HER. MY BODY WOULD GET UP IN THE MY BODY WOULD GET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. I WOULD GO VISIT WITH PEOPLE, I WOULD GO VISIT WITH PEOPLE, STUFF LIKE THAT. STUFF LIKE THAT. AND SHE SAW THAT IT WASN’T AND SHE SAW THAT IT WASN’T REALLY ME. REALLY ME. THAT WAS THE MAIN THING. THAT WAS THE MAIN THING. SHE SAW THAT MY HEART WASN’T IN SHE SAW THAT MY HEART WASN’T IN IT AS MUCH AS IT SHOULD BE. IT AS MUCH AS IT SHOULD BE.>>BUT LEAVING THE KLAN MEANT>>BUT LEAVING THE KLAN MEANT LOSING YOUR HOME. LOSING YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME WAS IN THE MUSEUM YOUR HOME WAS IN THE MUSEUM BUILDING. BUILDING.>>IT MEANT LOSING EVERYTHING.>>IT MEANT LOSING EVERYTHING.>>YOU WERE IN BUSINESS WITH A>>YOU WERE IN BUSINESS WITH A FELLOW KLANSMAN. FELLOW KLANSMAN. YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME HOMELESS. YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME HOMELESS. REVEREND, HOW DID YOU COME INTO REVEREND, HOW DID YOU COME INTO HIS LIFE? HIS LIFE? HOW DID YOU SEE HE WAS HOMELESS HOW DID YOU SEE HE WAS HOMELESS AND IN NEED OF HELP? AND IN NEED OF HELP? THAT IS FOR YOU, REV. THAT IS FOR YOU, REV.>>REPEAT THAT, PLEASE.>>REPEAT THAT, PLEASE.>>HOW DID YOU SEE MIKE NEEDLEED>>HOW DID YOU SEE MIKE NEEDLEED HELP? HELP?>>I WAS ON MY WAY TO THE POLICE>>I WAS ON MY WAY TO THE POLICE STATION. STATION. AND MIKE WAS ON THE TRUCK. AND MIKE WAS ON THE TRUCK. JUDY, HIS WIFE, AND TWO JUDY, HIS WIFE, AND TWO CHILDREN. CHILDREN. AND THE FBI, ALL OF THE LAW AND THE FBI, ALL OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENTREVEREND, I KNOW ENFORCEMENTREVEREND, I KNOW YOU DON’T TRUST ME, I KNOW YOU YOU DON’T TRUST ME, I KNOW YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT ME. DON’T CARE ABOUT ME. BUT THESE PEOPLE WON’T EVEN FEED BUT THESE PEOPLE WON’T EVEN FEED US. US. WE DON’T HAVE FOOD, WE DON’T WE DON’T HAVE FOOD, WE DON’T HAVE SHELTER. HAVE SHELTER. WE’RE JUST OUT HERE. WE’RE JUST OUT HERE. HE SAID, I NEED SOME FOOD. HE SAID, I NEED SOME FOOD. I DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT HE I DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS SERIOUS. WAS SERIOUS. I SAID WHEN I COME OUT FROM THE I SAID WHEN I COME OUT FROM THE POLICE STATION, I’LL MAKE SURE POLICE STATION, I’LL MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME FOOD. YOU HAVE SOME FOOD. SO, ONE WHITE POLICE OFFICER SO, ONE WHITE POLICE OFFICER SAID, DON’T FEED HIM. SAID, DON’T FEED HIM. IT MAKES OUR TOWN LOOK BAD. IT MAKES OUR TOWN LOOK BAD. I SAID, OUR TOWN HAS BEEN I SAID, OUR TOWN HAS BEEN LOOKING BAD A LONG TIME. LOOKING BAD A LONG TIME. IT’S NAMED AFTER A 19th CENTURY IT’S NAMED AFTER A 19th CENTURY SLAVE TRADER. SLAVE TRADER. WE CAN’T PUT ALL THIS ON THOSE WE CAN’T PUT ALL THIS ON THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE. YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THEY NEED FOOD. AND THEY NEED FOOD. SO, WHEN I CAME BACK OUT — SO, WHEN I CAME BACK OUT –>>YOU HELPED HIM.>>YOU HELPED HIM. THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF AN THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF AN UNUSUAL AND BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP UNUSUAL AND BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP THAT CHANGE YOURD LIFE. THAT CHANGE YOURD LIFE. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’RE GOING WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW THIS STORY IS TO TALK ABOUT HOW THIS STORY IS MAKING ITS WAY TO THE BIG SCREEN [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>>WE’RE BACK, NOW, WITH TWO>>>WE’RE BACK, NOW, WITH TWO UNLIKELY FRIENDS, FORMER UNLIKELY FRIENDS, FORMER KLANSMAN, MIKE BURDEN AND KLANSMAN, MIKE BURDEN AND REVEREND DAVID KENNEDY, WHOSE REVEREND DAVID KENNEDY, WHOSE BOND HAS INSPIRED AN UPCOMING BOND HAS INSPIRED AN UPCOMING FILM AND BOOK. FILM AND BOOK. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCLUSIVE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCLUSIVE CLIP. CLIP.>>WHAT ARE YOU DOING OVER>>WHAT ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE? THERE? IS THAT YOUR UNCLE? IS THAT YOUR UNCLE?>>LYNCHED BY THE KLAN.>>LYNCHED BY THE KLAN.>>AREN’T YOU WORRIED THAT’S>>AREN’T YOU WORRIED THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU? GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU?>>SHOULD I BE?>>SHOULD I BE? IF YOU TRULY WANT TO LEAVE THE IF YOU TRULY WANT TO LEAVE THE KLAN, YOUR FIRST STEP IS KLAN, YOUR FIRST STEP IS ADMITTING WHAT YOU’VE DONE. ADMITTING WHAT YOU’VE DONE.>>WOW.>>WOW. ALSO JOINING US NOW ARE THE ALSO JOINING US NOW ARE THE FILM’S WRITER AND DIRECTOR, FILM’S WRITER AND DIRECTOR, ANDREW HECKLER, AND THE AUTHOR ANDREW HECKLER, AND THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “BURDEN,” COURTNEY OF THE BOOK “BURDEN,” COURTNEY HARGRAVE. HARGRAVE. WELCOME TO YOU ALL. WELCOME TO YOU ALL. REVEREND, LET ME START WITH YOU. REVEREND, LET ME START WITH YOU. YOU HELPED MIKE. YOU HELPED MIKE. YOU HELPED HIS FAMILY. YOU HELPED HIS FAMILY. YOU HELPED GET HIM CLOTHED AND YOU HELPED GET HIM CLOTHED AND FOOD AND SO ON. FOOD AND SO ON. THEN, MIKE MADE A SHOCKING THEN, MIKE MADE A SHOCKING CONFESSION TO YOU, WHICH WAS CONFESSION TO YOU, WHICH WAS WHAT? WHAT?>>JULIE TOLD MIKE, IF YOU’RE>>JULIE TOLD MIKE, IF YOU’RE GOING TO MARRY ME — I’M GOING GOING TO MARRY ME — I’M GOING TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO JUDY — TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO JUDY — YOU’RE GOING TO REMEMBER YOU’RE GOING TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. AND SHE LEFT MY OFFICE. AND SHE LEFT MY OFFICE. AND MIKE SAID, I DON’T KNOW HOW AND MIKE SAID, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU. TO TELL YOU. THAT IS THE WORDS. THAT IS THE WORDS. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU. I SAID, GIVE IT TO ME RAW. I SAID, GIVE IT TO ME RAW. YOU’RE ALL RIGHT. YOU’RE ALL RIGHT. YOU’RE IN MY OFFICE. YOU’RE IN MY OFFICE. AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. HE TOLD ME HE HAD PLANNED TO HE TOLD ME HE HAD PLANNED TO ASSASSINATE ME. ASSASSINATE ME.>>HE PLANNED TO ASSASSINATE ME.>>HE PLANNED TO ASSASSINATE ME.>>THERE WERE TWO OCCASIONS THAT>>THERE WERE TWO OCCASIONS THAT HE KNEW WHO I WAS ON THOSE TWO HE KNEW WHO I WAS ON THOSE TWO OCCASIONS. OCCASIONS. HE SAID, I HAD THE TRIGGER, HE SAID, I HAD THE TRIGGER, READY TO PULL IT. READY TO PULL IT. I HUGGED HIM AND TOLD HIM I HUGGED HIM AND TOLD HIM EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT. EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT. WE’RE IN GOD’S HOUSE. WE’RE IN GOD’S HOUSE.>>WOW.>>WOW. NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, YOU NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, YOU CONTINUED TO HELP HIM. CONTINUED TO HELP HIM. DID HE GET YOU OUT OF THE DID HE GET YOU OUT OF THE HATEFUL IDEOLOGY? HATEFUL IDEOLOGY? DID HE PULL YOU OUT OF IT, MIKE? DID HE PULL YOU OUT OF IT, MIKE?>>HE WAS PART OF THE PLAN TO>>HE WAS PART OF THE PLAN TO GET ME OUT OF THERE. GET ME OUT OF THERE. BUT IT WAS LOVE THAT PULLED ME BUT IT WAS LOVE THAT PULLED ME OUT OF IT. OUT OF IT. IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS HIS HEART. IT WAS HIS HEART.>>HIS HEART.>>HIS HEART.>>THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE>>THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE BLOWBACK FOR THE REVEREND AT HIS BLOWBACK FOR THE REVEREND AT HIS CHURCH. CHURCH. THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE IN THIS THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE IN THIS INSTANT CONVERSION. INSTANT CONVERSION. HOW COULD YOU? HOW COULD YOU? THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS, THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS, COURTNEY, YOU FOUND THE STORY COURTNEY, YOU FOUND THE STORY INTERESTING AND WROTE ABOUT IT. INTERESTING AND WROTE ABOUT IT. WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THE STORY THAT WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THE STORY THAT APPEALED TO YOU? APPEALED TO YOU?>>CLEARLY, THE UNLIKELY>>CLEARLY, THE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN REVEREND FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN REVEREND KENNEDY AND MIKE BURDEN IS KENNEDY AND MIKE BURDEN IS INTERESTING ENOUGH ON ITS OWN. INTERESTING ENOUGH ON ITS OWN. THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS THAT THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS THAT MOVED ME AS I EMBARKED ON MOVED ME AS I EMBARKED ON RESEARCH FOR THE BOOK. RESEARCH FOR THE BOOK. AND WHAT WAS SO COMPELLING WAS AND WHAT WAS SO COMPELLING WAS REVEREND KENNEDY TRIED TO REVEREND KENNEDY TRIED TO PROTEST THE SHOP, WHAT IT MEANT PROTEST THE SHOP, WHAT IT MEANT FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, IN FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, IN PARTICULAR. PARTICULAR.>>THE KLAN GIFT SHOP.>>THE KLAN GIFT SHOP.>>AND THE REACTION WAS>>AND THE REACTION WAS POSITIVE. POSITIVE. PEOPLE WANTED TO HELP IN HIS PEOPLE WANTED TO HELP IN HIS PROTESTS. PROTESTS. SO QUICKLY, APATHY SETS IN. SO QUICKLY, APATHY SETS IN. AND PEOPLE FEEL LIKE, I WOULD AND PEOPLE FEEL LIKE, I WOULD RATHER NOT BE UNCOMFORTABLE. RATHER NOT BE UNCOMFORTABLE. I WOULD RATHER THIS MAN NOT DRAW I WOULD RATHER THIS MAN NOT DRAW ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEMS. ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEMS. THEN, HE STARTS TO EXPERIENCE THEN, HE STARTS TO EXPERIENCE SOME BLOWBACK BECAUSE HE SEEMS SOME BLOWBACK BECAUSE HE SEEMS LIKE THE TROUBLEMAKER, RATHER LIKE THE TROUBLEMAKER, RATHER THAN UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT IS THAN UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT IS HE’S FIGHTING FOR. HE’S FIGHTING FOR.>>IT IS CRAZY WHEN YOU THINK OF>>IT IS CRAZY WHEN YOU THINK OF A KLAN MEMORABILIA SHOP, ON MAIN A KLAN MEMORABILIA SHOP, ON MAIN STREET IN RELATIVELY MODERN-DAY STREET IN RELATIVELY MODERN-DAY AMERICA. AMERICA. YOU’RE MAKING THIS FILM. YOU’RE MAKING THIS FILM. YOU HAD THE RIGHTS FOR 20-PLUS YOU HAD THE RIGHTS FOR 20-PLUS YEARS? YEARS?>>ABOUT 20 YEARS.>>ABOUT 20 YEARS.>>YOU GET FOREST WHITAKER AND>>YOU GET FOREST WHITAKER AND GARRETT TO SIGN ON. GARRETT TO SIGN ON. WHAT IS THIS COMING OUT? WHAT IS THIS COMING OUT?>>LATE THIS YEAR, TOP OF NEXT>>LATE THIS YEAR, TOP OF NEXT YEAR. YEAR.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MESSAGE>>WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MESSAGE OF THE FILM IS? OF THE FILM IS?>>YOU KNOW, IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE.>>YOU KNOW, IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE. WHEN I FIRST HEARD THE STORY, WHEN I FIRST HEARD THE STORY, KLANSMAN OPENS KKK SHOP IN SMALL KLANSMAN OPENS KKK SHOP IN SMALL SOUTHERN TOWN, I COULDN’T SOUTHERN TOWN, I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. BELIEVE IT.>>WHOA.>>WHOA.>>THEN, I SAW AN ARTICLE THAT>>THEN, I SAW AN ARTICLE THAT SAID, KLANSMAN SELLS REDNECK SAID, KLANSMAN SELLS REDNECK SHOP TO BLACK BAPTIST MINISTER. SHOP TO BLACK BAPTIST MINISTER.>>THE REVEREND, IN A SERIES OF>>THE REVEREND, IN A SERIES OF EVENTS, NOW OWNS THE KKK MUSEUM. EVENTS, NOW OWNS THE KKK MUSEUM. [ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] CRAZY. CRAZY. XWD. XWD.>>I PICK>>I PICK GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD.>>I PICKED UP THE PHONE AND>>I PICKED UP THE PHONE AND SPENT TIME WITH THESE PEOPLE AND SPENT TIME WITH THESE PEOPLE AND REALIZED THEY’RE HEROES. REALIZED THEY’RE HEROES. THESE PEOPLE, MIKE BURDEN AND THESE PEOPLE, MIKE BURDEN AND REVEREND KENNEDY AND THE REVEREND KENNEDY AND THE CONGREGATION, THEY’RE HEROES. CONGREGATION, THEY’RE HEROES. THE MESSAGE OF THE MOVIE IS THE MESSAGE OF THE MOVIE IS SIMPLE, TO PARAPHRASE KING SIMPLE, TO PARAPHRASE KING CONDITIONING CONDITIONING MARTIN LUTHER KING. MARTIN LUTHER KING. YOU CANNOT TURN AN ENEMY INTO A YOU CANNOT TURN AN ENEMY INTO A FRIEND THROUGH HATE. FRIEND THROUGH HATE. YOU CAN ONLY TURN AN ENEMY TO A YOU CAN ONLY TURN AN ENEMY TO A FRIEND THROUGH LOVE. FRIEND THROUGH LOVE.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. YOU SHOULD BUY THE BOOK AND GO

26 thoughts on “Former KKK Member Mike Burden Left With Reverend’s Help | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. There is hope in this world,we just need to have faith πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ love will always win no matter what πŸ™πŸΎ

  2. What an amazing man that preacher is! I don't think I would have helped him. For a black guy to help a racest like that is truly an amazing thing.

  3. Another white supremacist story? Maybe the Reverend can go talk some sense to some Islamic supremacists, they are slaughtering people every day around the world and spreading hate. The worldwide Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir ( who have a branch in the US) recently called for Muslims to conquer the lands of the US and other western countries to bring Sharia law to the world. The leader also called for the genocide of Jewish people. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs8HsoOIVZc
    Doesnt get a mention in the media for some reason, even though it is a highly organized worldwide group that has a branch in the US.

  4. Wow what an amazing Reverend. I'm white, not American but Australian but this definitely gave me chills. Love wins over Hate!

  5. God rules!!! He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way, He will make a way. Can't wait to catch this movie. God bless you all. With all that has been in the news, I am just so glad to hear about love and not hate.

  6. I've never and will never be able to understand hate towards another human based on their skin color, religion or nationality. We all bleed red, we all feel pain the same way. We are humans – one race!

  7. Reverend David Kennedy, real true christian who acted as our Jesus taught us. Bless your heart and thank you!

  8. Political party loyalties are as strong or stronger than racial loyalties in this country. And just as dangerous. Wish we'd all put aside our petty differences & focus on what we have in common, which is that the vast majority of us are in a similar economic boat compared to the 1% who run things.

  9. as someone who lives in laurens, SC i remember all of this happening. shocking its making it on the big screens. – turtle

  10. I Live in the Town Of Laurens Sc Where this happen and Proud to say that Reverend Kennedy is the one that Married My Wife and I …wish i could share the pics

  11. This guy doesn't denounce racism at all. Says he left the Klan because his wife wanted to be with him. Says he respects the Reverend "as an individual". Why emphasize as an individual? You still think black people as a group are below you but the Reverend is an exception? He needs to clarify where he stands on racism because I don't buy that he's converted.

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