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CRAIGSVILLE, VA (CNN) - Halloween is over, but the controversy surrounding a child's costume in Virginia is lingering.

A 7-year-old boy in Craigsville dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. It's causing a stir in the town and his mother is defending the costume.  Jessica Black says dressing as a KKK member for Halloween is a family tradition.

Her brother did it when he was in kindergarten and again when he was 13.  When her son, Jackson, asked her if he could also dress as a member of the white supremacist group, she made him a costume.

The boy says he learned about such a costume from the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes."

Neighbors say they were shocked when they saw the boy's costume. One neighbor said it's really sad that an innocent child is being taught that. But Jackson's mom maintains there's nothing wrong with the costume or the KKK, which she says still exists in Craigsville.

Black says she's received several threats through Facebook.