I have to admit that my Grandmother, a legacy “Iowa farm girl”, said that as part of her commentary on my grandfather’s “card carrrying” membership in the Iowa KKK.
(“Boy the “KKK cred’s” I’ve been wasting all this time…)
She showed me all the materials my grandfather had kept, including his actual membership “book”, book of rules, photos in KKK garb, etc.. Per her memories the local chapter was a bit ridiculous from the start though. In her recollection there had been absolutely no black, or Hispanic, people ever living in the entire county, way back then in the late 1920’s.
So, they had to resort to picking on the resident Catholic families; both of them….
Iowa was originally populated starting way back in American Revolution days by folks from the German, Dutch and Austrian states, and partly by Hessian troops left over after the British left, who heard about free land out in “the west”, so they trekked mostly on foot all the way to the “frontier”, which at that time was all the way to…Iowa.
That explains why the five families who formed my grandmother’s home town (which she never left) had names like “Hase”, “Woodke”, “Bloyer” etc.. Today the state still remains a bastion of northern European whiteness, but has a much more moderate attitude about other colors and cultures than you might imagine.
My grandmother explained it thusly: “Iowa farmers don’t refuse to give help to, or receive help from, anybody!”