Approximately 100 members of the Ku Klux Klan took to the streets of Troy, North Carolina on Saturday to protest immigration, but they were drowned out by over 400 counter-protestors who attended the KKK event, The Courier-Tribune reports.
Instead of a formal speech about installing a “shoot-to-kill” border policy, however, Grand Dragon Chris Barker instead led his fellow Klansmen in what were meant to be rousing shouts of “white power,” “come get some,” and “read the Bible,” according to Jasmine Spencer, who attended the event.
Troy locals carried signs and responded with mockery, shouting “Don’t come back to Troy, boy!”
Protesters from Winston-Salem and Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/MCN1aFL4nz
— Jasmine Spencer (@1JasmineSpencer) August 9, 2014
Donald Loften told The Courier-Tribune that he was happy the once formidable Klan had become an object of mockery. “Young people today will not stand for this. When I was a little boy, the KKK coming to town would have put fear in my heart, but not anymore,” he said. “This country has come so far since those days. Where I work, we all work together every day. It’s a shame and disgrace for society that this hatred can go on, but I guess there will always be that 10 percent who want to hate somebody. They want to stir up trouble, but they are dealing with a different mentality now. People have no fear of them.”
Another resident, Jack Cagle, said the event was a dream come true. “I have always wanted to talk trash to a grand dragon,” he said.
The event was intended to serve as an “outreach” for the KKK’s new immigration policy. As a self-identified “Imperial Wizard” for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan told Al Jazeera America last week, their policy entails “pop[ping] a couple of [immigrants] off and leav[ing] their corpses laying on the border,” in order to teach them “that we’re serious about stopping immigration.”
[Image via Jasmine Spencer on Twitter]