Hazzard, Anderson, history
Fired Muskegon, Mich. police officer Charles Anderson had this KKK membership application and Confederate flags displayed in his home when Rob Mathis, a prospective homebuyer, toured his home that was for sale. Anderson lost his job, but a recently-released report of the investigation shows his explanations for owning the items. (Photo: Rob Mathis via Facebook)

Former Police Officer Charles Anderson Says Racist Items in His Home Were Part of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ and History Collections

Now-fired Muskegon, Mich., police officer Charles Anderson has an excuse for having Confederate flags displayed throughout his home and a Ku Klux Klan application hanging on his bedroom wall: He’s simply a history buff and a fan of the ’80s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Related Story: Charles Anderson, Muskegon Police Officer Found to Have KKK Items in his Home, is Fired

Anderson’s collection of racially-fraught memorabilia came to light when a Black man, Robert Mathis, was house-hunting and toured Anderson’s home, which was for sale. He shared a photo on Facebook of the KKK application and expressed concern over a police officer supporting hate groups.

“I feel sick to my stomach knowing that I walk to the home of one of the most racist people in Muskegon hiding behind his uniform and possibly harassing people of color and different nationalities,” the post read.

Related Story: Michigan Police Officer Charles Anderson on Leave After KKK Items Found in his Home

The 421-page report of the investigation that led to Anderson’s firing says the explanation he offered for the Confederate flags was that they were part of his collection of “The Dukes of Hazzard” memorabilia. The action-comedy TV show featured the adventures of two cousins who drove around the fictional Hazzard County, Ga., committing Robinhood-esque crimes and racing around in a souped-up Dodge Charger with a Confederate Flag painted on the roof.

“I love ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’” the report cites him saying. “That’s the reason for the Confederate flags. They mean nothing other than it was just part of that collection.”

While the symbol appears in the show, the characters are not members of the KKK. Anderson said he had the KKK application because he collects items from U.S. history. The report says Anderson described himself as an amateur historian interested in the time period from the late 1800s until the 1960s. It said he was “adamant” that the application was an antique from that time period that he purchased in Indiana about six years ago.

“It’s our heritage,” he said in the report. “I mean it occurred, good or bad, and it’s part of history.”

The report says when the investigators asked Anderson if he left the particular memorabilia up to dissuade people of color from purchasing his home, he denied it. He said he forgot to remove the application from the wall of the bedroom that he kept his collection in because he took out everything that was not affixed to the walls.

He denied his connection to the KKK, citing his Catholic beliefs and the fact that Catholics were also a target of the hate group. He also said his religion teaches him to treat everyone equally. He said while on duty, he once helped a Black man who was about to kill himself by jumping off of a bridge, and that he has an LGBTQ friend that could vouch for his morals.

Regardless of Anderson’s intentions, Mathis’ discovery caused an uproar in the community. The report says the investigators interviewed three pastors from the Baptist community whose names have been redacted. It summarized the experiences the pastors shared.

“The general consensus of the African-American community is that this is part of the police culture, is supported, and the police condone this,” the report says. “It is believed that no action will be taken against Anderson at all. The feeling is that the cap between the community and the department will never grow closer, as this situation pushed us further apart.”

Latest News

Boeing Elects Lynne Doughtie to Board of Directors, Following Resignation of Director Caroline Kennedy

Originally published on boeing.mediaroom.com. The Boeing Company (No. 27 on 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) board of directors today announced that Lynne Doughtie has been elected to the board, replacing Caroline Kennedy who has resigned following three years of dedicated service. Doughtie, 58, retired from KPMG in 2020, after serving as U.S. Chairman and CEO…

NBCUniversal News Group Launches NBCU Academy, Offering Training to Universities and Community Colleges

NBCUniversal News Group launched NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students through education, on-campus training and online programming. Originally published on corporate.comcast.com. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists,…


Kaiser Permanente: Committing $8.15M for Racial Equity

Originally published on about.kaiserpermanente.org. Grants to grassroots and nonprofit organizations will help address structural racism and practices that prevent communities of color from achieving good health and well-being. Kaiser Permanente (DiversityInc Hall of Fame), the nation’s largest integrated, nonprofit health system, has awarded $8.15 million to support dozens of nonprofit…

Toyota Research Institute and Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab Study How to Improve Automotive Safety

Originally published on pressroom.toyota.com. Inspired by the Skills of Professional Drift Drivers, Research Seeks to Combine the Technology of Vehicle Automation with Artificial Intelligence Algorithms What if every driver who ran into trouble had the instinctive reflexes of a professional race car driver and the calculated foresight of a supercomputer…

Tribal elder

Loss of Tribal Elders Due to COVID-19 Decimating Indigenous Populations; Colorado Revamps Common-Law Marriage Requirements, Making Them More Friendly for LGBTQ Couples; and More

Loss of tribal elders due to COVID-19 decimating Indigenous populations. The Muscogee, Navajo, Blackfeet Nation, White Mountain Apache and Choctaw tribes are among the many communities of Indigenous people suffering irreparable losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Times reporter Jack Healy has reported. Already impacted by infection rates…

Justice for George Floyd

Officer Who Pressed Knee Into George Floyd’s Neck to Stand Trial Alone; Judge Halts Federal Execution of Lisa Montgomery, Only Woman on Death Row

Officer who pressed knee into George Floyd’s neck to stand trial alone in March. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — the man who can be seen on video pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for an excruciating 8 minutes and 46 seconds — will now stand trial alone,…