Target: Ms. Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina
Goal: Do not allow the KKK to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.
A sect of the notorious white-supremacist terrorist group the Ku Klux Klan plans to gather in front of the South Carolina State House to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. Leaders of the group claim that their protest will be peaceful, but the ideology the group espouses was the cause of the killing spree that sparked the debate about the Confederate flag in the first place. Compound that with the group’s violent history, and it becomes clear that this protest cannot be allowed.
The fact that this demonstration is even being considered by the government of South Carolina is outrageous. It is true that every American has the Constitutional right to free speech and protest, but that right ends when the speech is used as a call to violence. The KKK is a self-declared white-supremacist organization with an unspeakably violent history—it is considered a hate group by both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation league—and its ideology and propaganda lead directly to the recent murders of nine black churchgoers. Allowing this group, a group that believes themselves superior to all other races, to protest would be facilitating hate speech.
One must ask themselves if this type of demonstration would be allowed for any other terrorist group. Should American supporters of ISIS be allowed to protest and wave their hateful banner around in front of the South Carolina State House? Would the KKK approve of that?
Sign the petition below to demand that the Governor of South Carolina deny the KKK’s request to use the State House grounds for its protest and to further demand that the Confederate flag be removed entirely.
Dear Governor Haley,
The maelstrom of debate surrounding whether or not to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds seems to have reached a climax. The KKK has officially requested time to protest the removal of the flag in front of the State House and I am writing to demand that its request be denied. The KKK is a hate group that uses hate speech and intimidation to further the narrative that its members are somehow superior to all other races. Yes, KKK members have freedom of speech, but that speech is only protected insofar as it does not become hateful or violent in nature. It just so happens that hateful and violent are the modus operandi of the KKK.
Furthermore, those who claim that the flag has no racist sentiments have clearly been proven wrong by how fervently the KKK is defending it. As a rule of thumb, when white supremacists are outraged over the removal of a symbol, chances are that symbol is racist in some way.
I urge you to deny the KKK’s request to gather at the South Carolina State House during the removal of the Confederate flag. Please do not give these hateful racists a platform from which to spew their vile ideology.
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