For 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.
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: