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Ku Klux Klan To Hold Rally At Gettysburg, Park Officials Totally Cool With It

Ku Klux Klan Rallying It Up At Gettysburg

A Ku Klux Klan group has been granted permission to rally at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, according to a Friday report from the Associated Press via New York Daily News.

Park officials said the KKK group out of Rosedale, Maryland, applied for and received a special use permit to “exercise its First Amendment rights on October 5.” The event will be held in the afternoon on the lawn area north of General George Meade’s headquarters.

Civil War buffs (and any kid who even remotely listened in history class) will know that Gettysburg was the place where the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, delivered his short-but-sweet Gettysburg Address. The speech extolled the virtues of freedom during a time when the country warred over who should have it.

The Union armies under President Lincoln’s oversight fought to abolish slavery, while the Confederacy fought to uphold it. It was out of this bitter conflict that the Ku Klux Klan was born, so you can see how it’s a bit of a brow-raiser that the Maryland-based KKK would choose this setting as a place to protest the immigration policies (and pretty much all of the policies over the last five years) of America’s first black President.

Despite the remaining differences between the KKK and African-Americans (or any group that isn’t white), some organizations are trying to make headway with their fellow black citizens.

Recently, a Ku Klux Klan group out of Montana had a sit-down with a NAACP organization out of Wyoming to hash out their differences.

Jimmy Simmons, president of the NAACP, said that he thinks the KKK’s violent history is a legacy with which the organization continues to struggle, adding:

“It’s about opening dialogue with a group that claims they’re trying to reform themselves from violence. They’re trying to shed that violent skin, but it seems like they’re just changing the packaging.”

John Abarr, a KKK organizer at the meeting, said the Klan is not about violence, but rather “being proud to be white.”

At the end of the meeting, Abarr joined the NAACP and made a $20 donation.

Do you think the Ku Klux Klan has a long way to go to repair its image as a hate group? Do you think the KKK Gettysburg organizers will even try?

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33 Responses to “Ku Klux Klan To Hold Rally At Gettysburg, Park Officials Totally Cool With It”

  1. Gwendolyn Polk

    well, to deny them is to deny the bill of rights. this is probably why they are allowing it. disrespectful or not, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, etc etc etc

  2. Terri Younkin-Jenkins

    I seriously do not think that every single one of them know's their ancestry or exactly what nationality every single person in their family is! They are hypocrites! How about they just be proud to be human!!!

  3. Teri Wilson

    The only people that will be there to see them are themselves, so let them do whatever. The KKK is a joke, and a bad one at that.

  4. Esin Denise Ucargonul

    If they are so proud of being white why are they covering their white faces?

  5. Melissa Meaders

    As fucked up as this is, you are right… this group of sick bastards have the right to be a group of sick bastards…

  6. Jacque'Lyn Kostelnak Rios

    What do the Jews have to do with it. Israel's flag is in the wind.

  7. Gabbyj West

    Well it's just like Forest Gump's Mamma said.. Their just a bunch of spooks or something …But here's a thought Why is it they are still around..while the Black Panther Party is no more!!??

  8. Sarah Martinez

    Robert E. Hall name me a sizable, organized group of black racists who do things such as cross burning and other undesirable KKK tactics.

  9. Melissa Lamphere

    Because ignorance is a disease that has no cure. It is a known hate group and should be outlawed, not catered to because of "their rights".

  10. Farntella Graham

    Robert E. Hall Black people have reason to hate you. what is your reason? what did Black people do to you? why are they flying the israeli flag in america? I agree, the american people need to sit down and talk but not with the NAACP who is controlled by our same common enemy. flying the israeli flag makes me think you are nazis which I believe many of them are nazis with german heritage.

  11. Shawn Hoffman

    So my question is what is the naacp. It's a black support group that gets involved anytime blacks don't get thier way.

  12. Farntella Graham

    many KKK are german nazi. you would be surprised the extent of nazi germany's influence in america. research it. you will be shocked at what you discover.

  13. Farntella Graham

    good point. I think it is b/c they have infiltrated into the highest escheons of the american government. the government has always supported racism in america and they had many government agencies whose job it is to destroy any Black progress or semblance of progress.

  14. Farntella Graham

    they are insecure in their own skin. they cannot stand it being shown that they are just human beings like everybody else. nobody special. plain human beings. some cannot tolerate not being on top and having their boot on the backs of the darker races.

  15. Sonya Houck Dickerson

    This is America. They have just as much right to have a rally as anybody else. At least they got permission to do it and didn't just show up uninvited like some groups do. Why some are calling them German Nazi's is beyond me. The first group was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Americans. I don't agree with what this group has done in the past, but why is it so wrong for there to be a group that fights for white people's rights, but not wrong for there to be a group that fights for black people rights. I think both groups need to disappear and we all need to start a group that fights for American peoples rights, regardless of color of skin.

  16. Krista Duchene

    Are u ppl serious?!?! Comparing the NAACP to the KKK!?!?!? Ah, the KKK is a terrorist organization point blank!!! Compare them to the Taliban, that is fair…..but the NAACP. Get real. They exist because of ppl like the KKK! There is something seriously wrong that this is being allowed! & something seriously wrong with any person who thinks this is ok.

  17. Robert Birdiebutt Johnson

    Everybody seems to forget, that KKK started a very long time ago, when to be honest, they didn't agree with the freedoms slaves where getting. Their past is a very bad one, surrounded by violence and hangings, in every group there are extremists, I am not trying to make lite of their actions, or make excuses for what some have done, the very nature of the KKK will always spark extreme emotion and it should. How-ever if any other group evolves to fight for the rights of the Whites I will guarantee you, that almost as much opposition will be heard. They have made statements that they are trying to get away from the violent history, which personally I don't see happening, but who are we to say they don't have rights. Sadly their idea that they are fighting for 100% American, is almost a moot point, I don't think we have many 100% Americans left anymore, there is always some other nationality somewhere in the Family Tree.While I will never support the KKK, in a way a very distant way, I kind of understand what they intended. And lastly the hoods are for keeping their identities a secret only, how would you feel in you found out a police officer, or a Doctor was under a hood??????

  18. Paul Swarts

    I get a kick out of this, back in 1969 in Waldorf MD I lived next door to THE IMPERIAL WIZARD or THE GRAND DRAGON and the man was in his 70's AND BLACK