Members of a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group were outnumbered by counter-protesters during a rally held on the sidewalk in front of the Orange County courthouse in Hillsborough late Saturday afternoon.
The KKK members at the gathering were part of the ‘Loyal White Knights’ out of Rockingham County, reports CBS17.
Several demonstrators were seen dressed in KKK attire while holding various signs, including one that read: “Help Make America Great Again,” a slogan adopted by President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
For those who think it’s “divisive” to acknowledge 400 yrs of systemic racism in America, a photo of the Klan rally in Hillsborough, NC today.
“Help Us Make America Great Again,” their banner said. As they see it, Trump has united the country behind traditional white values. pic.twitter.com/HJxflkRXVL
— Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (@wilsonhartgrove) August 25, 2019
Counter-protesters staged themselves in front of the KKK, as well as across the street.
“This is my community, I live just a few blocks away from here and I really don’t want them to claim their territory here. This is not a Hillsborough value, this is not what our community stands for,” Allison Mahaley said.
“Skin really is paper thin. In all the ways that matter, there really is only one human race,” Mark Daughtridge from Durham said at the protest.
Thank you Hillsborough, for turning out, standing together, and standing by each other, to show the world that the toxic KKK neo-confederate white-supremest message has absolutely no place in our community. None.
— Tom Stevens (@mayortomstevens) August 25, 2019
“I am grateful and applaud the citizens of Hillsborough for turning out,” Mayor Tom Stevens said in a release, “for standing by each other, and for standing together to demonstrate to the world that the toxic, KKK, neo-confederate, white-supremacist message has no place in our community. None.”
State Representative Graig Meyer tweeted: “We must not stand down in the fight against hate and racism.”
This isn’t a scene from a hundred years ago. This is right now, in front of the Hillsborough, NC Courthouse. Contemporary racism erupts in our backyard. pic.twitter.com/vO102LbLVY
— Rep. Graig Meyer (@GraigMeyer) August 24, 2019
Town police received no advanced notice about the event, officials said. The group did not have a permit for the demonstration, reports Chapelboro.
Congressman David Price, who represents Hillsborough in North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District, said: “we must not stop working until white supremacy is sent where it belongs – the dustbin of history.”
White supremacists feel emboldened, and tonight, they’re openly gathering in Hillsborough.
As a community, we must stand together against this hate. And we must not stop working until white supremacy is sent where it belongs — the dustbin of history. https://t.co/37uzS0SDBX
— David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) August 25, 2019
Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, also condemned the rally:
The KKK is standing on American streets, in the light of day, in 2019—with the comfort of knowing their president called some of them “very fine people.” https://t.co/hfu0UcUKzY
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 25, 2019