Does it bother you the first letter of each word in the phrase “King Korn Karnival” spells out”KKK” and if it does, are you willing to help create a change? Or should I say: “khange?”
Since 1932 the Kass Kounty King Korn Karnival Klub (forget for a moment all but five of those words are properly spelled with a “C” and not a “K”) has been an annual celebration in Cass County, Nebraska and most of the people around there winkingly shorten the name to “King Korn Karnival.”
This year, Plattsmouth resident Mary Berner, is standing up and trying to get the name of the festival changed to something less offensive. She is not making much headway in that effort because people like Korn Klub president Esther Kahler DeRosia want to keep the name for “historical reasons.” One cannot claim, in our current world, that “King Korn Karnival” and its KKK initials are not racially offensive.
One of the problems of small town living is a small-minded provincialism that can harm a community’s core in the world by honoring a misbegotten past. If you dare to visit the Imperial Klans of America – Knights of the Ku Klux Klan website and scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see “comment” is spelled “Komment” and “corner” is spelled “Korner.” It is the tradition of the KKK to replace a “C” with a “K” and, like it or not, that is precisely what the “King Korn Karnival” is imitating.
The KKK have been around since 1865 so Cass County cannot claim their original 1932 “Kass Kounty King Korn Karnival Klub” does not historically echo the “Ku Klux Klan” method of naming. If you would like to help support Mary’s effort to change “King Korn Karnival” to something less racist, please visit the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce website and click on the “Contact Us” link and let them know why the “King Korn Karnival” is not only bad for business but how it also transgresses the spirit of humankind.