(CNN) Halloween was last week but controversy surrounding a child's costume in Virginia is lingering after he dressed as a member of the KKK.
7-year-old Jackson Black dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan for Halloween last week. It caused a stir in the town and now his mother is defending the costume.
Jessica Black says dressing as a KKK member is a family tradition: her brother did it when he was in kindergarten and again when he was 13. So when Jackson asked if he could dress as a member of the white supremacist group, she made the costume.
The boy says he learned about the costume from the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" and says the hat was "cool".
Jessica says she told her son that if he wore it people would be talking about him and criticizing it.
Neighbors in the town say they were shocked when they saw the boy's costume but Jessica maintains there's nothing wrong with the costume or the KKK.