Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist and antisemitic organization styled after the original Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Formed around 2012, it aims to "restore America to a White, Christian nation founded on God's word".[2]

Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
PurposeWhite supremacy
White nationalism
White separatism
Antisemitism
Anti-LGBT[1]
Anti-abortion
Anti-communism
HeadquartersPelham, North Carolina, U.S.
Leader"Imperial Wizard"
Chris Barker
AffiliationsKu Klux Klan
Loyal White Knights flag

The organization presents itself as part of a "new KKK". Rejecting the hate group label, it describes itself as a "non-violent pro-white civil rights movement."[3] Unlike the Protestant second Ku Klux Klan (1915–1944), the group unites white-supremacist Christians of different denominations. It is however somewhat stricter than other contemporary KKK chapters in accepting only "native-born white American Citizen[s …] of Christian Faith" who "believe in White Supremacy and 100% Americanism."[4]

ActivismEdit

In a 2014 recruiting campaign, the group left flyers on cars as well as in mailboxes in predominantly white neighborhoods of Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania,[5] South Carolina,[4] and Georgia.[6]

In July 2015, members of the Loyal White Knights, which is currently considered the largest KKK chapter, and members of the Trinity White Knights protested against the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina. Their rally in front of the State House was also attended by members of other KKK chapters, members of the Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, and Christian fundamentalists. According to press reports, protesters waved Nazi flags, and chanted racial slurs before they clashed with black counter-protesters.[7]

Chris Barker, the group's "Imperial Wizard" was noted as the organizer of a "White lives matter" demonstration on March 2, 2016 in Anaheim, California, when KKK members attacked counter-protesters, triggering a fight when a KKK member stabbed a counter-protester with a flagpole.[8] His compatriot Will Quigg, the "California Grand Dragon West Coast King Kleagle" of the Loyal White Knights and as such in charge of the area from Texas to the Pacific,[3] was attacked. Brian Levin, a professor and the director of the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, intervened, saving Quigg from further harm. Quigg proceeded to play down the Holocaust and he also blamed Jews for what he called "white cultural genocide". Quigg supported Donald Trump early in the primaries of the 2016 United States presidential election. However, in March 2016, Quigg changed his endorsement to Hillary Clinton, claiming that she has a "hidden agenda",[9] although questions have been raised by Snopes over the sincerity of his endorsement.[10]

In 2017, members of the group participated in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia alongside members of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, members of the alt-right, neo-Nazis, white nationalists/supremacists, Southern nationalists/neo-Confederates, Identitarians, members of the American Guard, Fraternal Order of the Knights, certain members of the Proud Boys, and members of various militia groups. Earlier on July 8, 50 members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had held a rally in Charlottesville which was denounced by hundreds of counter-protesters.[11] In July 2017, Chris Barker was interviewed by Univision's Ilia Calderón. During the interview, he called Calderón a racial slur and stated that his group was going "to burn you out". In reference to immigrants, He also stated: "We killed 6 million Jews the last time (a reference to the Holocaust). Eleven million is nothing" (referencing the illegal immigrant population of America).[12]

Also in 2017 around Valentine's Day, members distributed fliers inviting people to join the chapter. These flyers were left on driveways as well as in mailboxes around Grand Junction, Colorado.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home Page". Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion, and race-mixing because these things go against God’s law and they are destroying all white nations.
  2. ^ "Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (LWK)". Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Charlie LeDuff (July 22, 2015). "Road-Tripping to South Carolina With the 'New' KKK". Vice News. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Lauren Barbato (July 16, 2014). "Ku Klux Klan Recruits In South Carolina, And They've Got Candy". Bustle. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Ludovica Iaccino (April 2, 2014). "Ku Klux Klan Recruiting: KKK Hands out Leaflets in Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania". International Business Times. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Maurice Barnes (July 16, 2014). "KKK recruits in Atlanta neighborhood, residents outraged". Rolling Out. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Max Blau (July 19, 2015). "'Still a racist nation': American bigotry on full display at KKK rally in South Carolina". The Guardian. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "KKK rally in California erupts into vicious brawl: 'All hell broke loose'". AP. February 28, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Robert Tait (14 March 2016). "The KKK leader who says he backs Hillary Clinton". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  10. ^ LaCapria, Kim (April 29, 2016). "The KKK Took My Payday Away". Snopes.
  11. ^ Park, Madison (August 12, 2017). "Why white nationalists are drawn to Charlottesville". CNN.
  12. ^ Shugerman, Emily (August 12, 2017). "KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview". The Independent.
  13. ^ ""Valentine's" fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan distributed in Grand Junction". The Denver Post (in American English). 2017-02-25. Retrieved 2019-03-04.