As bigotry becomes more mainstream with each passing day of the Trump presidency, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is now openly advertising a cross-burning.
A flyer for the Loyal White Knights of theKu Klux Klan is circulating in rural North Carolina, advertising not only a “klavern meeting” with speeches and dinner for “WHITES ONLY,” but a “CROSSLIGHTING AT DARK.”
The Raleigh News and Observer reported that the Loyal White Knights are busy organizing in the northern part of North Carolina, near the Virginia border, and recently held a parade through Roxboro, North Carolina, roughly a month after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, to celebrate his victory. The parade drew out more than 100 participants.
However, some rural municipalities are fighting hard against the rising tide of bigotry sweeping the United States. In Whitefish, Montana, where white supremacist Richard Spencer lives with his mother, a planned armed march of white nationalists was soundly thwarted by an organic, grassroots campaign to spread messages of love directed at Jewish people and other minorities.
Cross-burning is a traditional act of the KKK, who would typically burn large wooden crosses on the property of African Americans or social justice activists as a form of intimidation. The tactic was borrowed from Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, who, in 1810, described the burning of a cross on a hilltop as a means of summoning other Scotsmen. Much of the American South comes from Scotch-Irish descent.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.