According to a report from The Post and Courier, the KKK has been approved to host a rally next month in support of the Confederate flag. In statements connected to the rally, the group has referred to mass murderer Dylann Roof as a “young warrior.”
The permit for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan allows them to hold a rally for 100 to 200 people on July 18 on the north side of the Statehouse where the Confederate battle flag currently flies.
Brian Gaines, spokesman for the S.C. Budget and Control Board, said the state provides rally space at the Statehouse site when space is available or previously not reserved.
The move was not endorsed by Gov. Nikki Haley. “This is our state, and they are not welcome,” she said in a statement issued by her press office.
In its application permit, the Klan lists equipment needs as a podium and public address access. The group is headquartered out of Pelham, N.C.
Robert Jones, grand dragon for the group, said on Monday that the Klan is a civil rights organization dedicated to white culture and history as symbolized by the rebel banner.
In a phone interview with the Coutier, Jones voiced his support for Roof, saying that although he was mistaken to for after people while they worshipped, the Klan considered him as a “warrior.”
Roof is with nine counts of murder in the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church.