Ku Klux Klan plans rally to oppose removal of Confederate flag

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The Ku Klux Klan are planning a rally in response to calls to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse grounds. The said rally is to take place on July 18 between 3 p.m and 5 p.m ET, and was confirmed at USA Today Network. According to Brian Gaines, spokesman for the S.C. Budget and Control Board, an online request was made to use the statehouse grounds, with a first-come, first-served policy.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who called on having the flag removed in June, criticized the rally, saying publicly in an email to USA Today, “this is our state, and they are not welcome.
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In an automated message, the Loyal White Knight’s answering machine said “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.” The group who claims Ku Klux Klan affiliation is based in Pelham, North Carolina. “Our government is trying to erase white culture and our heritage right out of the pages of history books.

Many consider the flag at the statehouse grounds to be a representation of racism and hatred. The flag still flies next to a Civil War memorial and will continue to do so until state legislators reconvene to discuss its future.
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