White supremacists plan immigration rally in downtown Knoxville
By Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
July 25, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.
A white supremacist group known for wearing black fatigues and flying swastika flags is expected to rally in downtown Knoxville next month as a show of support for a tougher state immigration law.
The Detroit-based National Socialist Movement has received the required parade and noise permits from the city for its planned demonstration Aug. 14. According to its permit application, the group expects to gather on Market Square and then walk to a subsequent rally on the steps of the Knox County Courthouse on Main Street.
The permits’ applicant, Brian Culpepper, described it as an “anti-amnesty” rally in support of efforts to pass a Tennessee law similar to, “if not tougher” than Arizona’s new immigration law.
“This stuff of looking the other way, it’s got to stop … one way or another,” said Culpepper, a recent Virginia transplant who now represents NSM’s Tennessee chapter based in Decatur.