Bates said the story behind that picture was that his parents were teaching the little boy how to hang black people.
Bates repeatedly told us that he wasn't afraid of the KKK or death. "I don't fear death," Bates said. Bates also said that this project was a "way to tell people's stories in a meaningful way.'' Bates is a very insipiring and couragous man. The ability to detach and be completely objective and unbiased in a project as controversial as documenting the KKK is something that I deeply admire, and I aspire to learn these qualities in order to be successful in the field of journalism.