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KKK and the New Black Panthers Clash Over Confederate Flag

On Saturday, heavy clashes occurred between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party just outside of the South Carolina's statehouse. The New Black Panther demonstrators stole Confederate flags and ripped them apart, while KKK members waved the flag and performed Nazi salutes. There were around 300 KKK members to 400 New Black Panther Party members. Law enforcement was out to ensure that none of the protests got out of hand, as leaders of both groups confirmed they would steer clear of one another.

Amanda Barker, Imperial Officer of Loyal White Knights said "They cannot punish everyone for what one man did. Our government is trying to erase white culture and our heritage right out of the pages of history books." On the other hand Black Educators for Justice leader James Evans Muhammad, a former director of the New Black Panther Party said “The flag coming down is not progress. It is an illusion of progress. Ever since slavery started in America, whites have the privilege of freedom that blacks in South Carolina do not have.”

Many in the New Black Panthers group shouted "Black power! Black power!" The demonstration was only meant to overlap with the KKK for an hour at 3 p.m., but the protests were still going strong by 5 p.m., with more individuals coming out to join one of the sides. Stan Stones, a Baptist minister, told MSNBC that the KKK “hijacked [the flag] in the mid-1950s, and they made it a symbol of hate.”

He added: “Southern heritage has nothing to do with hate - it has to do with honoring those who fought [in the Civil War].”

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