The Ku Klux Klan plans to rally in July in response to calls to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse grounds, writes USA Today.
“We will be at the statehouse in Columbia, S.C., standing up for our Confederate history and all the southerners who fought and died against federal tyranny,” said an automated message on the Loyal White Knights’s voicemail.
The white supremacist group, which claims to be affiliated with the KKK, is based out of Pelham, N.C., according to the group’s website.
According to http://www.christiantoday.com, the Ku Klux Klan seems to be taking advantage of the recent shooting of nine people at the historic black church in South Carolina, and has been stepping up its recruitment by distributing flyers in Alabama and Georgia.
The Klan, which promotes the supremacy of Christian Caucasians, has reportedly been passing out recruitment flyers in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama as well as in Rockdale County in Georgia, spooking and angering residents.
Angie View, who reported the flyers to the sheriff’s office in Rockdale County, said she discovered two plastic bags with papers along her driveway when she was walking back to her house last Sunday night.
“I reached down to pick it up and it was from ‘the white knight klan,’ the KKK. So, I freaked out and I ran down to the end of the stop sign and they were in every driveway,” View said, according Fox Atlanta.
CNN’s Michael Smerconish sat down for an exclusive TV interview with former KKK grand wizard David Duke to confront him directly about whether Steve Scalise attended one of Duke’s group’s conventions.
Duke is a former Louisiana state senator and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, publicly admitted that in 2002, he attended a white supremacist convention organized by Duke’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), which is classified as a hate group.
The man who told The Washington Post he asked Scalise to speak took it back after one day and said that Scalise didn’t attend the event.
Duke honestly could not say for sure whether Scalise attended that 2002 conference, saying that he was out of the country at the time and the people he spoke to gave him contradicting accounts.
Duke also gave Scalise some words of praise this week, but on CNN he made it very clear that he isn’t a supporter of Scalise, nor the other way around.
He also reiterated his threat to other politicians that he will name names of those who have worked with Duke in the past if they continue to pursue the subject with Scalise.
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Will the KKK accept minorities?
According to the International Business Times, the white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan is rebranding as the “new Klan” by trying to increase membership to Jews, black people, gays and those of Hispanic origin.
However, all those wanting to join the ultra-right wing society will have to wear the white robes, masks and conical hats. The Klan is estimated to have between 5,000 and 8,000 members according to figures released in 2012.
The Ku Klux Klan is notorious for racist violence, including lynchings of black people. It is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the civil rights law firm Southern Poverty Law Center.
Some black people have already expressed an interest in joining, after KKK organizer John Abarr arranged a summit with civil rights groups.
Abarr, who has claimed that he is a former white supremacist, told the Great Falls Tribune, “The KKK is for a strong America. White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”
Abarr has organized a peace summit with religious groups and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) next summer.
The KKK organizer from Great Falls, Montana told the Associated Press that he filled out a membership card to NAACP, paying the $30 enrollment fee and also adding a $20 donation.