White supremacists barred from holding a rally at the country's largest Confederate monument during the Super Bowl
Confederate flag supporters rally in Stone Mountain, GA in August 2015. Image via screengrab.

White supremacists were denied a permit to hold a rally at Stone Mountain, Georgia during Super Bowl LII in February 2019 because, according to officials, it would present "a clear and present danger."


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied the permit for the "Rock Stone Mountain II" rally in a November 7 letter due to dangers it presents to public safety.

"Based on the previous violent event held by your organization on April 23, 2016, as well as your acknowledgement of potential violence in the permit application comments, the Stone Mountain Park Department of Public Safety does not have the available resources to protect not only the members of your organization but the Park employees and general public," the association's CEO Bill Stephens wrote to the rally's organizers.

Organizers Greg Calhoun and John Estes wrote in their application that they wanted a "non-partisan gathering" so they could "call attention to the efforts of the extreme left and Communists to remove history and monuments of the American people."

Calhoun, the Journal-Constitution noted, is an avowed member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The first Rock Stone Mountain rally in 2016 was billed as a "white power" event and brought a "handful" of Confederate flag-wavers who were far outnumbered by counter-protesters. Police and anti-racist protesters "clashed for hours," the report noted, at the first rally.