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9 KKK Members Outnumbered By Hundreds Of Anti-Racist Protesters At Their Own Hate Rally


9 KKK Members Outnumbered By Hundreds Of Anti-Racist Protesters At Their Own Hate Rally

Hundreds of anti-racist protesters drastically outnumbered the nine people who attended the Ku Klux Klan rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday as they waved flags behind a team of police escorts and several fences.

The rally was held at the Courthouse Square and was hosted by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana, which has been identified as a KKK hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The rally, which received a permit from Montgomery County earlier this year, was slated to have up to at least 20 members of the group attend. But police say only nine members showed.

Hundreds of counter-protesters could be seen on the opposite side of the town square during the nearly 3-hour rally.

Byron Benoin, a school teacher from Chicago who attended the rally as a member of his church group, told The Hill that he and his friends are demonstrating to “promote good and truth” and show that “all men are equal.”

“It’s very shocking to me,” the 42-year-old said of the rally. “I mean being a black man from Chicago and in your mind you feel like you’re past certain things that you’re not going to see and it’s just shocking that you’re actually gonna see something like this.”

Deja Demmings, 27, an engineer and president of Dayton Young Black Professionals, said she organized efforts involving different pro-black organizations from in and outside of Dayton to throw a counter-demonstration to the rally on Saturday.

“We have Black Panther people that are here from the fifties and the sixties from California, we have people from Haiti here, we have people from the Bahamas, we just have so many African coalition groups that are just coming to be the peace that they don’t expect us to be in situations like this,” she told The Hill.

“We just want people to see the solidarity and to understand right is right and wrong is wrong. It’s simple,” she said. “We’re just for peace. We’re just for equality. We’re just for social justice. We’re just for everything else like everyone else. It’s just always harder for some reason.”

Jemia Shackelford, an 18-year-old student who attends the Sinclair Community College several blocks from the rally, said she joined counter-protesters on Saturday to show support and added that she was “appalled” that such an event was being held in Dayton.

“I was appalled. I was like, ‘This is really happening,’” Shackelford said, adding that she is hopeful members of the Klu Klux Klan-linked group “get that people are just not having any of the racism. It’s not fair to the community.”


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