A large North Carolina branch of the Ku Klux Klan is reportedly organizing a celebratory march in honor of Donald Trump’s White House victory.
The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, North Carolina, will be celebrating Trump’s triumph with a parade, according to the Los Angeles Times.
To be held on Dec. 3 in North Carolina, the details surrounding the event are unclear. While the white supremacist group’s website reads, “TRUMP = TRUMP”S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE,” there is no indication about where or what time the event will be held.
The Anti-Defamation League says that this particular KKK group is “perhaps the most active Klan group in the country today,” with approximately 150 to 200 members. The Anti-Defamation League also ssays there are “approximately 3,000 Klan members nationwide, as well as an additional but unknown number of associates and supporters.”
Vice News reported the irony of the fact that protests against the President-elect have broken out in Democrat states including California, Oregon, and New York, yet hate groups are celebrating his win.
Emmy Rossum, an American actress and singer, also pointed out that that Trump has shamed those protesting against him but has not criticized the KKK celebrating him. She tweeted on Thursday, “Today Trump denounced protests against him, but so far nothing denouncing the KKK celebration parade in his honor.”
Today Trump denounced protests against him, but so far nothing denouncing the KKK celebration parade in his honor.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) November 11, 2016
After Trump called Mexicans criminals and rapists, proposed a “complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country, and vowed to deport undocumented immigrants, he drew support from the KKK newspaper as well as its former leader, David Duke.
Since Trump has not publicly condemned the backing he has received from the KKK, it's not unfair to equate his own stance with the groups’ beliefs in white supremacy.
As The Washington Post noted, in 2016, Trump said that he “disavows David Duke,” but did not criticize the openly racist beliefs that he propagates.
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