In Anaheim, California, a KKK stabbing video is starting to go viral after members of the Ku Klux Klan allegedly stabbed people with a Confederate flag pole. The theme of the white pride rally was that “white lives matter, too,” an obvious reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, but the main thrust of the rally was illegal immigrants. Reports indicate the Anaheim, California, rally turned violent when crowds of anti-KKK protesters armed with weapons surrounded the Klansmen. The KKK members are claiming they acted in self-defense, but in the end three people were stabbed, with one person in critical condition.
The Anaheim Police Department said Ku Klux Klan rally was announced in advance for Saturday, February 27, 2016. The KKK said they intended to hold the rally in the afternoon, but even before noon about a dozen protesters had gathered at Pearson Park to confront the KKK. According to ABC, the Anaheim Police Department helped escort several men wearing black garb and Confederate flag patches on their clothing.
Police officers said that as soon as the Klan members arrived, the counter-protesters attacked. Witnesses say the KKK stabbing included one Klansman wielding a Confederate flag pole. The Klan member allegedly used the decorative end of the flag pole to stab the attacker, although Anaheim police could not confirm whether the flag was an American flag or a Confederate flag.
The Los Angeles Times reports that protesters went after a man wearing a “Grand Dragon” shirt. The KKK brawl video allegedly shows members of the Klan being stomped on by counter-protesters. At one point, a protester cried out that he had been stabbed and collapsed on the ground bleeding.
Brian Levin, director of CSU San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, witnessed the KKK stabbing and he claims no uniformed police officers were present.
“When the Klan truck, that Klan SUV was parking and taking materials out, from my vantage point I did not see a uniformed presence at that time and my photographs and video establish that,” Levin said. “There were no police officers here when this started happening.”
Levin happened to be standing next to the man in the Grand Dragon shirt when the KKK brawl erupted. Levin said he pushed the Ku Klux Klan leader away from the violent protesters and asked, “How do you feel that a Jewish guy just saved your life?” The KKK leader simply replied, “Thank you.”
Chris Barker, Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, did not attend the California KKK rally, but he told reporters the rally was intended to be a peaceful anti-immigration demonstration. One Klansman allegedly told a police officer that he stabbed a protester in “self defense,” and Barker agrees that the KKK members must have acted in self-defense.
“If we’re attacked we will attack back,” he said.
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In the past, the Ku Klux Klan launched a major recruiting campaign all over the United States in order to stage a fight against policies in favor of illegal immigrants. Besides the so-called Kandygrams, the KKK even tried meeting with the NAACP and Imperial Klaliff Robert Jones of the Loyal White Knights claimed the KKK would be willing to work with black people due to the immigration reform debate.
“We think our government should step in and do a whole lot more to secure our borders. All our jobs are being outsourced right now, and what jobs are left here, black and white Americans are being forced to have a competition with the Mexicans coming across the border, because they’ll do the job cheaper,” he said in 2014.
The KKK may claim they are trying to soften their image, but the violent confrontation will only add to the long history of violence. During the 1920s, Klansmen held offices within the city of Anaheim, but now the city has a Hispanic majority.
Anaheim police said 13 people were detained, including six Ku Klux Klan members and seven suspected attackers. The KKK stabbing injuries apparently included three people in all. All of the injured were male.
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