( 4UMF NEWS ) KKK Plans To Rally At South Carolina Statehouse:
Their robes are as flimsy as their flag-loving argument.
A Ku Klux Klan chapter will rally next month at the South Carolina capitol in support of the Confederate flag, just days after a hatemonger used a handgun to murder nine black worshippers at a historic Charleston church.
The Loyal White Knights of the KKK say 21-year-old Dylann Roof, the mass murder suspect who photographed himself with a gun and a Confederate flag, is a “young warrior.” But the man accused of the June 17 massacre at the Emanuel AME Church sparked a heated debate over the stars and bars, which has flown over the Statehouse in Columbia since 1962.
Gov. Nikki Haley has been among the politicians calling for the flag’s removal, while major outlets like Walmart and Amazon have stopped selling the Confederate battle flag.
The group has received a permit from the state for their planned rally.
“This is our state, and they are not welcome,” Haley said in a statement about the KKK to The Post and Courier.
The hate group estimates 100 to 200 people will rally July 18 on the north side of the statehouse. The white supremacists will use a podium and public address system during the two-hour gathering.
Based in Pelham, N.C., the group has changed its voicemail message to herald the coming rally, saying the KKK is “standing up for Confederate history and all the southerners who died fighting federal tyranny.”
“If you’re white and proud, join the crowd,” the message says. “Save our land, join the Klan.”
The Loyal White Knights are an active hate group monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Reached shortly after the Charleston church massacre, Robert Jones, the group’s grand dragon, told the Daily News the chapter does not condone Roof’s alleged actions.
The group would have preferred Roof went after “the black thugs on street corners selling crack and raping white women and robbing people,” Jones said. “We would have preferred he’d done more towards the actual criminals instead of Christians.”
Tensions over the flag have boiled over in recent days. On Monday night, a group of protesters and flag supporters clashed at the Statehouse. One man, 25-year-old Nicholas Thompson, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The scuffle happened just after 7 p.m., when a group of flag-waving supporters drove up and stopped outside the capitol building in Columbia. A total of about 10 supporters got into it with 30 protesters as about 50 police officers looked on and eventually made an arrest.
“We want people to feel safe to come down to the Statehouse, and we’re just asking for people to maintain order and to demonstrate peacefully and respectfully during this time,” Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said.
The state legislature is expected to discuss and vote on removing the flag, but bureacracy is weighing down the process for some. One activist, Bree Newsome, took matters into her own hands, using a harness to scale the flagpole just after dawn Saturday and ripping down the stars and bars from its perch.
“You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence,” Newsome shouted from the top of the pole. “I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”
Newsome was later arrested and the flag flown again. But her stand started a trend on Twitter, #FreeBreeNewsome, and gained support from celebrities around the country.
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