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South Carolina Will Allow Ku Klux Klan Rally at Capitol to Protest Removal of Confederate Flag

Group calls Dylann Roof “a young warrior”
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Here’s one of those stories that makes you just say, “Good grief.” The North Carolina branch of the KKK, who call themselves “The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,” has been granted a permit to hold a rally on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on July 18th.

They’re upset about the possible removal of the Confederate flag, and they’ve called alleged mass murderer Dylann Roof “a young warrior.”

Robert Jones, grand dragon for the group, said on Monday that the Klan is a civil rights organization dedicated to white culture and history as symbolized by the rebel banner.

During a phone interview, Jones gave words of support for Roof, saying he erred in going after black people while they worshipped. On the Klan group’s telephone answering machine is a recorded message that refers to Roof as a warrior.

[…]

“He was heading in the right direction; wrong target,” Jones said. “He should have actually aimed at the African-American gang-bangers, the ones who are selling the drugs to white youth, the ones who are robbing and raping every chance they get.”

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Confederate Flag Store Owner Who Said It Has “Nothing to Do With Slavery” Has Close Ties to the KKK

Racism denier tied to KKK
US News • Views: 28,955
Photo: Valerie Mosley/News-Leader

Anna Robb and her husband Nathan own a store in Branson, Missouri, called “Dixie Outfitters,” selling Confederate flag merchandise of all kinds. Anna gave an interview to the Springfield News-Leader on Monday to let them know that the Confederate flag is only about heritage and Southern culture, and has “nothing to do with the slavery issue.”

“Our customers are hardworking, red blooded Americans that understand the history of the Confederate flag. They are not haters or anything like that,” she said. “They are proud of their country and proud of what the Confederate flag represents. It has nothing to do with the slavery issue.”

Southern culture, heritage and way of life — that’s what the Confederate symbol represents, Robb said.

Unfortunately for Mrs. Robb, today it came out that she and her husband have very close ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Very close. As in, her husband’s father is the national director. Imagine, if you will, my surprise: Branson Store Owner, Who Said Rebel Flag Doesn’t Represent Racism, Has Ties to KKK.

On Thursday, the News-Leader was alerted by readers that Robb’s husband Nathan, co-owner of the store, once tried to adopt a highway in Arkansas on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan, and that Nathan Robb’s father is Thomas Robb, the national director of the KKK.

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Anna Robb said she and her husband have not spoken to Thomas Robb in years. She denied that she or her husband were ever a part of the KKK, but did say she had attended KKK events in the past.

“I have years ago,” she said. “That was years ago, and that is not even something that comes up anymore.”

[…]

Nathan Robb was not available for comment, Anna Robb said, because he was trying to keep up with orders and merchandise in their warehouse.

Reached by the News-Leader on Thursday, Thomas Robb declined to speak about his relationship with Anna and Nathan Robb, saying it was a “family matter.”

Pro-Confederate Flag Rally in South Carolina: Attendance… Sparse

White supremacists disappointed at turnout
US News • Views: 25,676

This photo is going around on Twitter, showing the pro-Confederate flag rally that took place in front of the South Carolina Capitol today. Attendance was a bit… sparse.

You know things are changing fast when only about two dozen people show up to support the Confederate flag in South Carolina.

Video: Brave Female Activist Takes Down SC Capitol’s Confederate Flag, Is Immediately Arrested

Civil disobedience
US News • Views: 24,881

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Here’s video of an amazing moment in front of the South Carolina state Capitol, as activist Bree Newsome scales the flagpole and takes down the Confederate flag — then is arrested when she climbs back down.

Unfortunately, the flag was raised again 45 minutes later, in time for a rally of neo-Confederates and white supremacists calling for the flag to stay where it is.

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150 Years After the Civil War, South Carolina Finally Surrenders

Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham call for removal of Confederate flag from SC Capitol
US News • Views: 35,342

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are now — finallycalling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state Capitol.

And this is a good thing. No doubt about that.

But it’s also an absolute disgrace that it took the murders of nine people and an overwhelming public outcry for them to realize how horribly insulting and wrong it was that the flag was there at all. Ever. Because the Confederate flag didn’t just suddenly become a symbol of slavery and oppression and treason.

Good on Haley and Graham for doing the right thing. But before we get too congratulatory, let’s also remember: Haley, Graham, and the Republican Party had to be forced into this, kicking and screaming the whole way.

UPDATE at 6/22/15 2:52:49 pm by Charles Johnson

Remember, though: this still needs to be voted on by the South Carolina state legislature. The Post and Courier is asking every member where they stand on removing the Confederate flag, and posting the results here.

Dylann Roof’s Roommate Says He Was “Planning Something Like That for Six Months”

“He was big into segregation and other stuff”
US News • Views: 50,497

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Wow. If this is accurate, why the hell didn’t Dylann Storm Roof’s roommate report this to the authorities?

Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, had been “planning something like that for six months,” according to his roommate.

Dalton Tyler, who said he has known Roof for seven months to one year, said he saw the white, 21-year-old suspect just last week.

“He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

Police: 9 Dead in Charleston Church Shooting

Domestic terrorism
US News • Views: 39,780

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Police in Charleston, South Carolina say a gunman killed nine people at an historic black church on Wednesday night. Police are searching for a white male, approximately 21 years old, with sandy blond hair. (June 18)

Mass Shooting at Historic Black Church in Charleston, SC

Nine shot, unspecified number of fatalities
US News • Views: 36,033

Tonight we’re getting word of a horrific mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect is a 21-year old white male. There are not many verified details yet, so here’s an overnight thread to keep up on new information as it becomes available.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police are searching for a 21 year old white man who allegedly opened fire Wednesday evening on parishioners at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Post and Courier is reporting nine shooting victims with multiple fatalities.

The pastor of the church was inside for a service at the time of the shooting. But it was unclear if the shooting took place inside the church.

Police are saying on Twitter that they’re looking for an approximately 21-year-old white male.

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