Ku Klux Klan Plans Rally in Charlottesville, VA

Ku Klux Klan Plans Rally in Charlottesville, VA

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On June 5, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan put in an application for a permit to rally in the city of Charlottesville, Va at Robert E. Lee statue on July 8.

Professional racist Richard Spencer, who is the head of the National Policy Institute (a white nationalist “think tank”) led a rally of over 50 people carrying torches and chanting “you will not replace us” on May 14.

Spencer attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

As reported on June 6 in the Washington Post, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, who was the target of bigoted anti-semitic attacks after the rally in Charlottesville on May 14.

News of the upcoming KKK Rally was revealed at a City Council meeting on the night of June 5.

“This rump, out-of-state chapter of a totally discredited organization will succeed in their aim of inciting controversy only if folks take their putrid bait, and that begins with the media,” he wrote in an email to The Washington Post. “I encourage everyone to ignore this ridiculous sideshow and to focus instead on celebrating the values of diversity and tolerance that have made Charlottesville a world-class city.”

The Robert E. Lee statue that has been the location of the torch rally and the proposed location for the upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally has been the discussion of removal.

In February, the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 to remove the statue and rename the park after someone other than a confederate general.

According to the facebook group “Save the Robert E. Lee Statue,” the Charlottesville City Council voted to rename Lee Park to Emancipation Park and Jackson Park to the name Justice Park.

The fiver person Charlottesville City Council is Mayor Mike Signer, Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy, who is African American, two white women; Kristin Szakos and Kathy Galvin, and Bob Fenwick, a white male.

Last night they voted unanimously to change the names of the parks.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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