Ku Klux Klan protest rally in front of Augusta State University lasts 30 minutes

Event was peaceful

MICHAEL HOLAHAN/staff
The KKK rallies near the front gate of ASU Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 12:59 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 12:11 AM
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They came marching up Fleming Street dressed in black, armed with Confederate and swastika flags and carrying a message.

Counter protesters lined the sidewalk along Walton Way to greet the KKK near the front gate of ASU Saturday afternoon.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Counter protesters lined the sidewalk along Walton Way to greet the KKK near the front gate of ASU Saturday afternoon.

The dozen Ku Klux Klan members settled in the median in front of Augusta State University Saturday and faced nearly 300 onlookers who had been patiently waiting for their arrival.

KKK members looked straight ahead at the hundreds lining the sidewalk guarded by police. The crowd studied their flags, their stances, their appearances - no white hoods or robes in sight.

And the silence broke.

"Why are you here?" shouted an onlooker.

"We all live on this planet together!" yelled another.

"We're here about the Amendments of the Constitution of the United States," said KKK member David Webster. "We believe there is a serious violation of the Constitution."

KKK members and representatives from the Supreme White Alliance rallied at ASU in support of graduate student Jennifer Keeton, who filed suit against the school in July for requiring her to learn about the homosexual community or face expulsion.

The school asked Keeton to complete a remediation plan after she said she would tell gay clients "their behavior is morally wrong and then help the client change that behavior," according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Keeton's attorneys condemned the rally when it was announced earlier this month.

Although the KKK promised at least 50 members would arrive for the three-hour rally, only a group of a dozen showed - 40 minutes late. They left about 30 minutes later. The event did not turn violent.

The dozens of counter-protesters from several homosexual and civil rights organizations made use of their time face-to-face with Klansmen.

Christin Meador, an Augusta native, traveled from New York City to organize a protest against the KKK. She founded Proud Ally in 2009, a national gay-straight alliance that promotes tolerance and education.

"I heard the KKK was coming and said ‘No way, not on my turf," Meador said. "I think obviously those who came in support of equality and love outnumbered those who came in support of white supremacy."

Meador and other counter protesters lined the streets surrounding ASU's main entrance on Walton Way with signs and messages of tolerance an hour before the KKK arrived.

"No second class citizenship," "Love not hate," and "Keeton great career move," were some of signs protesters held in front of the KKK group.

Dialogue continued between Klansmen and protesters continued until the group of KKK members, including one child, marched back down Fleming Street.

Deputies blocked hundreds in the crowd from approaching the KKK members as they followed their retreat.

After weeks of security preparation for the rally, Richmond County Sherriff's Lt. Scott Gay said the showing was as much as he could have expected.

"We're not afraid of them, they are more of an inconvenience," Gay said. "We're here to protect the citizens of Richmond County. Unfortunately, we have to protect (the KKK) too."

After the Klansmen marched out of sight, counter protesters lingered in front of ASU posing for pictures and hugging after the day's efforts.

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OhWell
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OhWell 10/23/10 - 01:26 pm
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Maybe they got information on

Maybe they got information on where they were backing up to. Glad they have not shown up.

Westside Liberal
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Westside Liberal 10/23/10 - 01:33 pm
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WHAT - Lost AGAIN!! Those

WHAT - Lost AGAIN!! Those guys STILL haven't learned how to use a GPS. They are as lost as their cause. Maybe they had hope for an hour of radio talk time.

dougk
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dougk 10/23/10 - 01:34 pm
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Yes, got lost again. It's a
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Yes, got lost again. It's a wonderful thing.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 10/23/10 - 01:39 pm
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I hope they stay lost!

I hope they stay lost! There's enough racism around here already.

freeradical
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freeradical 10/23/10 - 01:39 pm
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Darn. And after all the

Darn.

And after all the trouble that dear concerned friend of Jennifer's went

to.

Contacting the Ku Klux Klan and setting up a Klan rally so their dear friend

Jennifer could get all the positive benefits and attention a Ku Klux Klan

rally will historically bring.

Now thats a dear friend.

We should all have friends like that.

And humble to.

They did not even want their name known.

BubbaDan
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BubbaDan 10/23/10 - 01:48 pm
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Hilarious!!! The Knights win

Hilarious!!! The Knights win again. They get all the publicity without expending any effort. Thanks for biting, suckers!

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/23/10 - 01:51 pm
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Well, I'm the bus driver and

Well, I'm the bus driver and I'll have you know we are here at Arizona State University like we said we would be. Wait a sec........oops, wrong ASU.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 10/23/10 - 02:06 pm
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Why the out-of-town group got

Why the out-of-town group got to show up when you, probably, have a local chapter of them that can go and protest.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/23/10 - 02:11 pm
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Suppose you held a protest

Suppose you held a protest and no one showed up?

AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

This is just TOO funny,

Brad

OhWell
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OhWell 10/23/10 - 02:13 pm
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Darn, and I had my dog

Darn, and I had my dog dressed in a white pillow case with a rainbow to support both causes and I did not get there in time.

mda0205
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mda0205 10/23/10 - 02:21 pm
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maybe she should join the

maybe she should join the military. They would support her and her beliefs.

Westside Liberal
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Westside Liberal 10/23/10 - 03:11 pm
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WOW!! Klan uniforms - Looks

WOW!! Klan uniforms - Looks like the SS has been replaced with 3K's even to the out stretched salute. Seig Heil Y'all??

d.rich
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d.rich 10/23/10 - 03:11 pm
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Dam, the pick up must have

Dam, the pick up must have still been running.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/23/10 - 03:13 pm
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Wonder why no update on how

Wonder why no update on how many gays showed up for their protest? I'm just curious as to how many of them showed up. I'm glad no more of the KKK showed up. If Ms. Keeton and her lawyer condemned the KKK for wanting to come and protest, maybe the other clan members decided not to come. Is there a report that said they got lost again? I didn't read it in this article.

justus4
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justus4 10/23/10 - 03:14 pm
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The Klan are infested
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The Klan are infested throughout the "government", especially in the south and their views are supported by many in positions of so-called "authority" who actively operate to harm people of color. In fact, the disparate treatment is so obvious few even make mention of it because it's well-known of their history and whom. Nothing new here...

OhWell
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OhWell 10/23/10 - 03:17 pm
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No, InChristLove Boogaloo

No, InChristLove Boogaloo was the driver of the bus bringing them and he does not have GPS. The John Birch Society who has close ties with the KKK is getting him one for Christmas

museofsatie
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museofsatie 10/23/10 - 03:18 pm
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InChristLove: I don't know

InChristLove: I don't know how many "gays" showed up, as a tally of people (organized by sexuality) wasn't taken at the event. However, at least 100 people supporting Proud Ally showed up to protest the KKK. There were probably more than that in the "crowd of 300" mentioned in the article, but I'm guessing that some of that crowd were merely spectators.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/23/10 - 04:15 pm
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300 spectators showed for the

300 spectators showed for the KKK protest, but apparently no gays showed. (wasn't that the same number of spectators that showed for the gay pride parade?) When a show of hands was called for, everyone left.
Too weird.
And why would a right wing group emulate the salute of the most famous socialist group ever? Isn't that a black power salute?
Who wrote this article?
At least Becka had it right. The klan, the counter protesters?, and the spectators don't represent America.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 10/23/10 - 04:09 pm
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Only stayed 20 minutes? They

Only stayed 20 minutes? They must have heard about Richmond County's homicide rate.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/23/10 - 04:15 pm
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A bunch of idiots.. well

A bunch of idiots.. well atleast they showed their faces.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/23/10 - 04:15 pm
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The Klan has little if any

The Klan has little if any support from white America or others anymore as it is a pathetic group of misfits. Hopefully some day in the future, black America will wake up and feel the same about groups such as the Black Panthers sho do nothing but continue to show hatred and ignorance.

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 10/23/10 - 04:21 pm
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Glaad I missed it...

Glaad I missed it...

charliemanson
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charliemanson 10/23/10 - 04:34 pm
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AsIs: You are right. People

AsIs: You are right. People don't need hate groups when you can be a "do-it-yourselfer" by hiding behind screen names and spewing the same hatred at others.

momster59
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momster59 10/23/10 - 04:35 pm
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Again I will say: A CLOSED

Again I will say:
A CLOSED MIND is a WONDERFUL THING to LOSE.

You have to be intelligent and educated enough to read directions to get to the right place.

momster59
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momster59 10/23/10 - 04:37 pm
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cliff - I was at the Pride

cliff - I was at the Pride Parade and Festival. Hate to burst your little bubble, but there were waaaayyy more than 300 spectators there of both sexual persuasions.

Boog - so glad you were driving the bus.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/23/10 - 04:49 pm
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museofsatie, I didn't expect

museofsatie, I didn't expect them to take a count. Just curious because there was an article about a group of gays that were going to protest against the KKK. I was just wondering how many from that group showed up.....not how many spectators who showed up to see if there was going to be any action. Truthfully all of this is a bunch of nonsense and should have never taken place especially if Ms. Keeton and her lawyer condemned the KKK for even chiming in on her debate with ASU. Let Ms. Keeton, her lawyer and ASU deal with the issue. The KKK just wanted attention, then the gay group (I can't remember the groups name) has to chime in for attention and all for nothing. They should have known the KKK wouldn't bring more than 10-20 people especially after their last fiasco.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 10/23/10 - 04:50 pm
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Think the chronicle will post

Think the chronicle will post the KKK photos in the Were You Spotted section?

dani
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dani 10/23/10 - 05:02 pm
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A sad group I hear. Nothing

A sad group I hear. Nothing happy or gay, just pitiful.

dani
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dani 10/23/10 - 05:04 pm
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I hope they have photos of

I hope they have photos of the other side.

dani
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dani 10/23/10 - 05:05 pm
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That's cute. Boog was the

That's cute. Boog was the one educated enough to find the way..LOL

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