Armed with Confederate Flags, White Supremacists Use ‘Gorilla’ Gestures to Mock African-Americans at SC Rally (Video)

ConFlag2For weeks I’ve been battling those who claim the Confederate flag (and the Confederacy in general) are simply symbols of “states’ rights” and not racism or slavery. While I’ve found these people completely absurd (if not borderline insane), they have been some of the most persistent folks I’ve ever encountered. I’ve even shown these people statements written by Confederate states at the time of the Civil War declaring their belief that this nation was “created for the white race,” and they still continue to claim the Confederacy wasn’t about racism.

That being said, it goes without saying that many of those who still continue to support the Confederacy and the Confederate flag weren’t too thrilled that South Carolina voted to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

Well, on Saturday the Ku Klux Klan organized a rally to show support for that battle flag. You know, because nothing says “the Confederate flag doesn’t represent racism” quite like the most infamous racially driven hate group in U.S. history holding a rally to defend that very same flag.

Needless to say, this whole spectacle went about as well as you might expect.

Groups of people showed up to counter the white supremacist event, only to have racial slurs and gestures hurled their way – including one man imitating the behavior of a primate, telling someone not seen on camera to come “drag their knuckles.” I’m going to go ahead and assume by what I saw on the video that they were talking to an African-American, although that can’t be confirmed.

Again, these blatant and proud racists are out there in defense of the same Confederate flag that millions of conservatives continue to claim doesn’t represent racism.

According to GreenvilleOnline:

Klan members, male and female, some throwing Nazi salutes and one carrying a Nazi flag, walked around the fenced area, exchanging taunts with members of the crowd, some of whom had minutes earlier been on the front side of the Statehouse for a Black Educators and Lawyers for Justice rally about racism.

So, at this rally organized by the KKK, triggered by the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, we saw white supremacists using Nazi propaganda, carrying a Nazi flag and using primate gestures to taunt and mock African-Americans – but there are still those who claim the flag doesn’t represent racism or hate.

Oh, and here’s a transcript of a voicemail the KKK left to promote their rally:

Our government is trying to erase white culture and our heritage right out of the pages of our history books. If you’re tired of all the liberal nonsense that is being spewed out by your leaders in government, please stand with us July 18. If you’re white and proud, join the crowd.

Once again, these are people who are unapologetic racists who feel the Confederate flag represents their views and their “white culture.” If the flag has nothing to do with hate, racism or white supremacy then why – for over 150 years – have white supremacists flocked to it as a symbol for their beliefs?

I’ve reached a point where I’m beginning to view those who continue to deny that the Confederate flag stands for racism much in the same way as I do creationists who believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old. These are brainwashed individuals who’d rather believe in their own delusions rather than the overwhelming amount of factual evidence disproving the myths to which they continue to cling.

Watch a video from the rally below via Reuters:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    Making gorilla sounds / Nazi Salutes / messages that protest for the flag is about the govt trying to erase the white culture (with implication that white culture is superior – wonder if they’ve ever listened to jazz or rock and roll).

    That has really convinced me that the flag isn’t about hate. I so see the error of my ways. /snark

    • gmartini

      “If you were looking for someone to represent your business, would you choose anyone on the clip ?”

      Walmart? Chick-fil-A? Hometown Buffet? Maybe….

  • Nancy B

    Interestingly enough, I have southern friends who stick to the “heritage” reason for supporting the flag. I know they aren’t racist. I just don’t get how they can associate with it when confronted with situations like the one in this video, Their heritage has been hijacked, and they should just let that particular symbol go.

    • kathy_lowen

      I don’t even get the ‘heritage’ thang. What ‘heritage’…trying to secede, and starting the bloodiest, most devastating conflict in American history, that killed more than twice as many soldiers as the entire Vietnam War? That’s what they’re so “proud” of and doggedly insist on defending?!!

      • Nancy B

        That’s the problem. The “heritage” folks I know tend to associate the flag with a vague sense of historical southern culture. They only associate it with the war in terms of their ancestors who fought and died in it, (vs the reasons for going to war). Remember, the stars and bars is ubiquitous in the south. They grew up seeing it.

        I’ve made friends on Facebook with a group of people from all over the world because of a common, but fairly rare, interest we have. Several times these people have gathered meet each other, and it’s become a tradition to make up t-shirts to commemorate the occasion. A few years ago, we planned to gather in Tennessee, and one of the people posted the design for the t-shirt to see if we liked it. The background was the stars and bars, and only we northerners objected. They simply didn’t get it our take on it, and were offended that we associated it, and by extension, them, with racism. To us it meant racism and the war. To the southerners, it simply meant the “South”.

      • kathy_lowen

        Interesting story. Even though living in California I know of several folks here who still consider themselves ‘southerners’ (some even by way of Oklahoma and Missouri). So it’s obviously a very persistent ‘culture’ and sense of ‘identity no matter where they live. Which may help explain not only the ‘national’ debate over that issue, but also a lot of the ‘culture wars’ in general.

  • Joe Randazzo

    These KKK folk make ashamed of being a human being.

  • Cemetery Girl

    For those that claim it as heritage, then please strip the flag from the hands of people like the KKK. To me it’s historical. It belongs in the memory of history. But, by all means, for those that this is your heritage take it from those that use it for hate. (Sorry, most of my ancestors fought to preserve the Union, and at least two didn’t agree with Virginia leaving the Union.)

  • paulsack

    When LOSERS like these confederate heritage flakes get up in public wearing their white sheets, I always believe the best way to combat them is to have a group just stand there and laugh at them. Point at them, laugh at them,,,, say nothing else,,, just laugh. How can you fight that?

  • Flat Banana

    You must’ve forgot that the black panthers were there too.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    The Klan is THE emodiment of what “southern heritage” and the treason flag is all about. The only ones denying that are either stupid or disgusting people. Southerners hate when the klan says out loud and in public, what other racist flag waving southerners only say in the company of their friends and family. I’m just glad these low-life scum have the courage to say the truth about what they believe so America can judge them, that flag, and those who support it accordingly.

  • OMGface

    I am daunted by how very many malignant walking pathology books there are among us. I mean it.