North Carolina made it clear that the Ku Klux Klan aren't welcome when a Klan parade was forced to relocate after statewide protests.
IT'S HAPPENING. KKK just came through Roxboro. Battle flags & shouting "WHITE POWER!" pic.twitter.com/rcjHbmUUiR— Natalie A. Janicello (@natalie_allison) December 3, 2016
"My heart is heavy that our community was chosen by the KKK to spread their message," said Roxboro Police Chief David Hess.
The white supremacists were forced to relocate to the town of Roxboro due to protests in Pelham, where they had planned their "victory parade" to celebrate Donald Trump's election as 45th president of the United States.
Close up photo of one of approximately 30 cars in KKK's "victory parade" this afternoon in Roxboro. pic.twitter.com/ElnU3KTgoI— Natalie A. Janicello (@natalie_allison) December 3, 2016
Trump has made his campaign and presidency almost synonymous with white supremacy despite a few feeble attempts to distance himself from their values. He has chosen racists and neo-Nazi alt-right members for his administration, which shouldn't surprise America when he started his career in real estate by settling a federal lawsuit for discriminating against black tenants. It's no wonder that the KKK, one of America's oldest terrorist groups, has endorsed Trump's election with his anti-immigrant, anti-woman, and anti-black messages.
The parade, which arrived unexpectedly in Roxboro, consisted of about 30 cars all waving confederate flags with their drivers shouting "white power" and "hail victory" out of the car windows.
WNCN confirms that Hess will be holding a meeting with the city's police department to address the incident.
"I and the City of Roxboro do not condone the beliefs of the KKK," said Hess. "We understand their presence invoked raw emotions. I will address those emotions and the justified legal response of the police department during the press conference."
He also asked the city to "remain calm."
Although the presence of the KKK is a terrifying reminder of the direction the country has taken since Trump's election — one where bigotry is displayed proudly and more openly than ever — thousands of North Carolina residents came out to protest the hate group and to voice their support of communities of color and other marginalized Americans. Although xenophobia and white supremacy may rear their ugly heads, love continues to trump hate.
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