The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a group based in North Carolina, told state officials they expect between 100 and 200 people to attend their rally, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on the north side of the State House.
The Ku Klux Klan has reportedly been distributing fliers in order to recruit people for a neighborhood watch group in North Charleston, South Carolina. It includes a sketch of a hooded Klansman and a finger pointed toward the reader.
“You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake”, the flyer reads, and gives a “Klanline” for neighborhood problems as well as the group’s website.
The president of the Dorchester Waylyn Neighborhood Association, Jesse Williams, said he was shocked to hear about the fliers.
State lawmakers proposed the debate in the aftermath of a race-related shooting at a historic black church in Charleston where nine black worshipers were killed. In 1920, four black men in the county allegedly involved in the death of a prominent white farmer were seized from their jail cells, dragged across the county, shot, and lynched.
“The flag is down”. Let’s everybody just move on. Our family hopes the people of South Carolina will join us in staying away from the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create over the weekend and instead focus on what brings us together.
“We’re not going to do the violence thing”, Grant told the Post and Courier.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.