Angry Clashes erupts between Ku Klux Klan and New Black Panther Party outside Capitol Statehouse

Angry clashes have erupted between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party as both groups rally at the South Carolina statehouse.


The white supremacists came out in force on Saturday afternoon to condemn the governor’s decision to remove the Confederate Flag due to its associations with racial hatred.

Countering their demonstration, around 300 people with links to the New Black Panther Party marched in the name of racial equality – calling on politicians to do more than simply bring down a flag.

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Protest: A woman clutching a Confederate flag during a KKK rally in South Carolina wails as emotions run high
Countering: A man holds a black power salute during the Black Educators for Justice rally, which has ties with The New Black Panther Party, on Saturday. His sweater sends a message to the pro-Confederate marchers
Countering: A man holds a black power salute during the Black Educators for Justice rally, which has ties with The New Black Panther Party, on Saturday. His sweater sends a message to the pro-Confederate marchers
A man gives a Nazi salute on the steps of the capitol as the group says they should not be blamed for the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, last month when pro-Confederacy Dylann Roof killed nine black people
A man gives a Nazi salute on the steps of the capitol as the group says they should not be blamed for the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, last month when pro-Confederacy Dylann Roof killed nine black people
Around 300 people came to the state capitol in Columbia to march for racial equality bearing stars and stripes
Around 300 people came to the state capitol in Columbia to march for racial equality bearing stars and stripes

It is the latest clash in Columbia, SC, following the racist shooting of nine black churchgoers at the hands of 21-year-old pro-Confederacy Dylann Roof last month.

The attack prompted nationwide calls for leaders to condemn the Confederate flag as a symbol of racial hatred.

Many of the southern states, where the flag remains prominent, agreed and moved the flag to a museum – notably including South Carolina.

But hitting back, around 300 Ku Klux Klan members applied for a rally permit to swarm the Capitol grounds on Saturday afternoon.

‘They cannot punish everyone for what one man did,’ Amanda Barker, Imperial Officer of Loyal White Knights, told NBC News.

An automated message on the Loyal White Knights’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.

‘Our government is trying to erase white culture and our heritage right out of the pages of history books.’

Fears: Police were out in force on Saturday to ensure the conflicting groups did not start fighting
Fears: Police were out in force on Saturday to ensure the conflicting groups did not start fighting
Dispute: A man shrouded in a Confederate flag appears to have terse words with anti-Confederate protesters
Dispute: A man shrouded in a Confederate flag appears to have terse words with anti-Confederate protesters
Justice for the next generation: People came out with their children to show why racial equality matters
Justice for the next generation: People came out with their children to show why racial equality matters

Meanwhile Black Educators for Justice leader James Evans Muhammad, a former director of the New Black Panther Party, had his own gripes with the historic move.

‘The flag coming down is not progress. It is an illusion of progress,’ Muhammad told The State. ‘Ever since slavery started in America, whites have the privilege of freedom that blacks in South Carolina do not have.

‘White privilege had stuck a knife in black people back in South Carolina and America as a whole. You can’t pull a 12-inch knife out two inches and call that progress.’

Reporters at the scene said New Black Panther Party members grabbed a Confederate flag and ripped it up
Reporters at the scene said New Black Panther Party members grabbed a Confederate flag and ripped it up
For the South Carolinan KKK supporters, the Confederate flag symbolized their heritage and their beliefs
For the South Carolinan KKK supporters, the Confederate flag symbolized their heritage and their beliefs

 

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