TROY, N.C. — It was described as an anti-immigration event, but the rally held today in Troy by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan amounted to little more than a shouting match between Klansmen and protestors.
It appeared both groups were comprised mostly of out-of-towners, though a few local folks could be seen among those protesting the KKK’s gathering. A couple hundred others gathered to watch the event.
As the KKK assembled on the lawn of the Montgomery County Courthouse around 4 p.m., some of their first words were directed to the protestors along the sidewalk across E. Main St.
“You’re all going to hell,” one Klansman shouted early on, prompting an exchange during which each side quoted bible verses and condemned the other.
Posters held high by the KKK read, “Obama=Broke” and “Open borders for Israel!”, while protestors displayed signs with slogans such as, “Hate not welcome here,” “KKK, go away,” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”
About two dozen law enforcement officers from the towns of Troy, Biscoe and Mount Gilead, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were on the scene, and there were no reports of violence during the rally, which concluded just before 5 p.m.
Reports broke earlier this week that the KKK had applied for the permit to hold the rally, but it was unclear until today whether the event would take place. Troy Police did not respond to WMTG’s inquiry regarding the status of the permit and if it had been picked up by the deadline of 10 a.m. Friday.
The non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center says, “The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”
Information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has been working since around the end of the first World War “to protect the American people — especially minorities and other groups — from the evils of the modern-day Klan.”
On its own website, the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan describes itself as “a law abiding Christian organization who holds up the principles of 100% pure Americanism.” The same page indicates that rallies are free to members and friends, and robes are available from the National Office for $130.00 after probate.
The KKK was also rumored to have organized a private rally to be held the same day in the Davidson County town of Welcome.