N.C. KKK Group To March In S.C. To Support Confederate Flag

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Ever since the tragic act of terrorism perpetuated by a murderous white supremacist at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina two weeks ago, a much-needed discussion on racism in America has been sparked. Further, the debate surrounding the Confederate battle flag’s presence on public property around the south, particularly on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse, has been re-ignited as well.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the flag from the statehouse, and Alabama’s governor simply ordered that the Confederate flags flying on the grounds of the statehouse in his state be removed. Even South Carolina State Senator Paul Thurmond, son of the notoriously racist segregationist Strom Thurmond, made an impassioned speech to have that flag taken down.

However, despite the progress being made on this issue in the mainstream, there is a dark underbelly of racism in America, and it has reared its ugly head in the wake of this tragedy. Since the church shooting in Charleston, six predominantly black churches in the southern region of America have been burned, and three of them are already being investigated as arson, and hate crimes are not ruled out. This phenomenon has sparked the Twitter hashtag #whoisburningblackchurches.

As if this weren’t bad enough, a North Carolina chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has announced that its members will travel to South Carolina next month to march in support of the Confederate flag’s continued presence on the statehouse grounds. According to My Fox 8, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan will rally and march in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Is this 1965 or 2015? Black people being murdered in a church by an avowed white supremacist, black churches magically start burning across the south after that event, and now the Klan is marching. Sounds more like something you’d read in an (accurate) history book about the things that happened during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, not here in modern America. Yet, here it is. This is the exact same kind of terrorism that the Klan and their allies perpetuated against black people, and specifically black churches, during those times.

However, if you’re a native of South Carolina like I am, or of any other southern state, specifically former Jim Crow states, while this is likely scary and sad to you, it should hardly be surprising. So many people, namely republicans, want to pretend that there is no racism in America, and that we are all equal. Those of us who live it, and those who see it for what it is, know differently, though.

Racism is alive and well here in America. Further, if you didn’t think the Confederate flag was symbol of racist terrorism and hate, you surely should now. What more evidence do you need? If you support the continued flying of the Confederate flag, you are on the same side of the debate as the Ku Klux Klan. If that is where you want to be, well, whether you admit it or not, even to yourself, you are a flaming racist.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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