KKK plans rally for Confederate flag in South Park redux

The Ku Klux Klan is planning to rally on the steps of the South Carolina capitol building on July 18th to protest proposals to remove the Confederate flag from state grounds. The legislature is set to take a up a bill that would remove the flag on July 6th. From MSN:

A man identifying himself as the “grand titan” of the North Carolina chapter of the Loyal White Knights left a message with The State saying his group is holding the demonstration because “to us they are erasing white history and white culture right out of the history books. That’s why they want to take that flag down.”

Any group is allowed to organize a rally at the State House, at times in which the grounds are available. However, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said of the rally that “This is our state, and they are not welcome.”

I disagree. I think the KKK should be more than welcome to rally on the steps of the capitol, and in doing so reminding the rest of us which side of the argument is the wrong one. For those who wish to see the flag come down, having the Klan rally against you is the best thing you can hope for.

This was perhaps best explained by South Park fifteen years ago:

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In that episode, entitled “Chef Goes Nanners,” the town of South Park is embroiled in a debate over its town flag, which depicts a group of white stick figures hanging a black stick figure. Half the town thinks the flag is clearly racist; the other half doesn’t want to change its history. When the KKK inserts itself into the debate, their support for the flag is so toxic that Jimbo, the flag’s most ardent defender, sees his commitment to the flag wane out of pure dissociation with the Klan. They make him wonder if his side is “really that crazy.”

America more or less agreed years ago that having the KKK on your side means that your argument is invalid. The Klan should know by now that by actively participating in the debate over whether the flag comes down they are making its removal more likely, not less.

So yes, let the KKK rally for their precious flag. And let everyone else in favor of keeping that flag up explain to the rest of us why they agree with a group whose name is synonymous with racism, hatred and violence. The more visibility the KKK earns for itself in this debate, the more transparent it becomes that “The flag isn’t about race, it’s about heritage” is only correct insofar as the flag is about a racist heritage.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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10 Responses to “KKK plans rally for Confederate flag in South Park redux”

  1. TampaZeke says:

    And the Lincoln Republicans that modern Republicans constantly and proudly claim as their own, are best known for their position that FEDERAL law trumps “State’s rights” on matters of human and civil rights. They were Federalist Republicans; the absolute opposite of today’s Republicans. It’s why Dixiecrats HATED Republicans until the Republican Party completely flipped their positions on race, equality, justice and federalism and why the Dixiecrats, at that point, switched to the Republican party IN MASS in the 1960’s and again in the 1980’s (the so called “Southern Strategy”).

  2. therling says:

    The
    Confederate government imposed the draft (the first in America), income
    taxes, just printed money when they needed more, and expropriated
    private property for the war effort–the kinds of “big government”
    policies the so-called conservatives claim to despise–all to preserve an
    economic system that would have collapsed if they had to pay their
    workers. I can’t imagine being proud of that.2 mins

  3. RepubAnon says:

    Isn’t the Klan and its activities the “history and tradition” that the Confederate battle flag stands for?

  4. DoverBill says:

    I would encourage them to hold to hold their rally so we could broadcast it nationally.

    This should put to rest any question whatsoever what this battle flag stands for.

    Hell, broadcast it world-wide so we can show all the wimpasses that don’t respect us what American exceptionalism is all about.

  5. BlueIdaho says:

    I lived in Texas for 50+ years. The confederate flag had nothing to do with history and everything to do with racism. Everyone in the American South know this and to say anything different is a damn lie.

  6. BeccaM says:

    Well, I guess we should thank the Klan for making it crystal clear exactly what the Confederate flag stands for.

  7. Indigo says:

    That settles it. The Confederate battle flag is entirely about bigotry, racial prejudice, and ignorance.

  8. Houndentenor says:

    The worst thing that could have happened for people claiming that a confederate battle flag (It’s not the flag of the confederacy and never was) is about history and tradition would have been the involvement of the Klan. And then that happened. Game over.

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