Friday, April 22, 2011

KKK rally and counter-rallies cancelled in N. Ga.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

The Georgia Knight Riders and Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rallied for a crowd of more than 500 on Feb. 20 in the town of Nahunta, Ga., about 275 miles southeast of Atlanta.
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  • The Georgia Knight Riders and Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rallied for a crowd of more than 500 on Feb. 20, 2010 in the town of Nahunta, Ga., about 275 miles southeast of Atlanta.
This was going to be another depressing post reminding everyone for the second time in two days how many racist yahoos call Georgia home. I was going to alert ya'll that the Aryan Nation Knights of the KKK were planning to rally in the North Georgia town of Clarkesville to celebrate the passage of HB87, the "immigration reform" bill that Gov. Deal has indicated he will sign into law.

I was going to use the post to make observation that, while the bill's supporters claim the motivation behind the measure isn't xenophobia or anti-immigrant sentiment, it's always a good idea to reconsider your position whenever you're on the same side of an issue as the Klan.

But I learned moments ago that the KKK rally has been called off. So I called Jerry Gonzales, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, which had been planning its own counter-demonstration. As Gonzales explains: "The Habersham County sheriff told me that the Klan canceled because they'd heard the Black Panthers were coming and they didn't want to make the event into something racial."

I must confess that I should've called the Habersham sheriff myself, but was worried I wouldn't get as fabulous a quote about the KKK not wanting to "make it racial," and I really wanted to use it bad. And the Black Panthers were coming?!? From where — the '70s?

Anyway, Gonzales says, however, that his own group's rally had generated enough interested that it will be rescheduled for some time in May. You can visit the Facebook event page here.

As an aside, what is it with Habersham County, anyway? This is a gorgeous part of the state that nonetheless elected notorious Christian-extremist hate-monger Nancy Schaefer twice to the state Senate. Yeesh.

Check out CL's video from the KKK rally February 2010 in Nahunta, GA

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