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Ku Klux Klan parades in Roxboro celebrating Trump win

Posted December 3, 2016
Updated December 6, 2016

— A caravan of about 20 vehicles organized by the Ku Klux Klan celebrated President-Elect Donald Trump's win with Confederate and American flags Saturday afternoon in Roxboro.

Officers blocked several intersections along U.S. Highway 501, so the convoy would move and exit the city quickly.

Natalie Allison Janicello, a reporter for The (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News, captured the convoy on video and shared it on Twitter.

“We learned late this afternoon the group wanted to come to Roxboro. I want to thank our law enforcement partners who helped us close intersections so the group could enter and leave the city as fast as possible,” Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said in a statement.

He said the group posted the event on social media but never said it would take place in Roxboro. The group was present for around 5 minutes, and there were no bystanders watching.

The North Carolina Democratic Party released a statement after the incident.

“The North Carolina Democratic Party finds it horrifying that the KKK is embarking on a march in North Carolina,” Chairwoman Patsy Keever said. “This comes after months of toxic and divisive rhetoric that belittled many in our state. We must all stand together in rejecting these hateful actions, which includes listening to and valuing those in our communities who feel targeted.”

Hess said there were no incidents or counter protests in Roxboro.

"We owe it to the community to make sure limited exposure and potential acts of violence are minimized. I, nor you, want anyone regardless of color being physically hurt,” he said.

Shortly after the election, the KKK posted about holding a parade Saturday, but never announced a location or time.

Anticipating a parade, the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition held its own demonstration in downtown Raleigh. Hundreds gathered for what they called a rally against hate.

Trump recently distanced himself from white supremist groups.


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  • Clayton Dent Dec 4, 2016
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    If it'S on the internet or the man on TV says it...it MUST be true.....

  • Kris Dawn Dec 4, 2016
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    I am SO tired of people using this election as a scapegoat to voice their hate is just ridiculous.

    YOU have always been this way.
    Using TRUMP as a platform to ride around like a bunch of cowards and show what you call pride (hate is what most people call it) is pathetic. You are trash. Absolute trash.

    I do not care what it was if it was KKK, BLM or ABCDEFG this is just a joke.

    Also - here is to the people who see folks they know here in this video and thought they were NOT that person.
    SOOOO many are. And it is scary how much hate is out there.

  • Pete Muller Dec 4, 2016
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    The KKK is drooling of excitement about a Trump presidency. Hence their victory rally. While stopping short of an official endorsement, they second a lot of Trump's rhetoric and are full of hope that their white supremacy agenda gets finally a good boost. With Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as senior adviser, many people fear their hopes are not unfounded.

  • Alfred Barnes Dec 4, 2016
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    Believe everything we read, do we?

  • Alfred Barnes Dec 4, 2016
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    Buster, thank you!

    I think we could all do with a little more truth.

    "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:17 ESV)

  • Alfred Barnes Dec 4, 2016
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    MSM = liberal media bias

  • Jacob Young Dec 3, 2016
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    Thank you Buster for mentioning Robert Byrd, Democratic senator from West Virginia. As late as the year 2000 Byrd was using the 'N' word on a prominent national Sunday morning news show. The Dems, of course, gave him a complete pass.

    And as usual, the double standard of the MSM is painfully on display. When it came to criticizing Obama's 20 year long relationship with the racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright with his quotes of "Hillary ain't never been called a 'N' word' and 'God DXXX the USA' - we heard silence - crickets.

    When the recording of Donald Trump was released using the offensive 'P' word, the MSM totally ignored Obama using the same word. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKYmiWiNqOw

    Again - deafening silence.

  • Clayton Dent Dec 3, 2016
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    Ya'll know they do a parade every year in Smithfield, right? It's not like this is the first KKK parade....

    On top of that, I guess it is big news if 20 cars drive through Roxboro....but some of them have Confederate Flags waving anyway. That doesn't mean it is a KKK member's car.

    Third, Donald Trump has denounced the KKK's support. Report on that and stop your #faknews narrative. It's old and sad.

  • Jeffrey Derry Dec 3, 2016
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    sad ....please do not associate President elect Trump with this group

  • Buster Brown Dec 3, 2016
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    WRAL--along with the msm trying their best to link Trump to the kkk. Least they could do is tell the truth. David Duke, a former leader of the KKK--and only David Duke endorsed Trump. Mr Trump repuiated both the endorsement of Duke and condemed the kkk. Yet WRAL and the msm try to discredit Trump without mentioning Sen. Robert Byrd from WVa who was a well known KKK grand dragon who Clinton praised as her friend and mentor. WRAL should learn to tell the truth.