Driver says he had KKK neighbors in Indiana
MISHAWAKA, Ind. — “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver is bringing his northern Indiana hometown’s hate group history to light after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood.
The Mishawaka native made the comments during a USA Today interview about his role in the new movie “BlacKk-Klansman,” the Indianapolis Star reported.
“If anything, I was more aware of it as a kid growing up in Indiana, because there were always Klan rallies, like, every summer,” Driver, 34, told USA Today. “There were people in the Klan who were in our neighborhood.”
Indiana University professor emeritus James Madison said he doesn’t doubt that Driver was exposed to the KKK but doubts he saw many, if any, rallies.
“Most of the memories of this sort tend to be grossly exaggerated, but at the same time, it’s quite possible that he saw men and women in robes and sheets,” said Madison, who is writing a book about the Indiana Klan.
Driver’s representatives didn’t return the newspaper’s messages for comment.
There was a KKK rally in nearby South Bend around 2001, when Driver was a teenager, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Indiana Grand Dragon Richard Loy was also known at the time to host rallies on his Osceola farm about 10 minutes east of Mishawaka, according to the Washington Post.