The Memphis City Council voted last week to change the names of three public parks that are named for prominent confederates, including the first grand wizard of the KKK, Nathan Bedford Forrest. And the KKK is promising to put on their finest white sheets and come out for a good ol’ fashioned protest.
A Ku Klux Klan leader has warned that Memphis, Tennessee will soon face a KKK rally with thousands of Klansmen from around the US, who will be protesting against a decision by the city council to remove Confederate names from three city parks.
The Memphis City Council on Tuesday voted 9-0, with three abstentions, to approve changing the names of three of its parks to rid them of their Confederate ties. One of the names also memorialized a leader who had ties to the KKK. Stripping the park of its name has angered the white power organization, which plans to hold a massive rally in the park…The changes have angered the KKK, which plans to protest the renaming. Klansman “KKK Exalted Cyclops”, who also goes by Edward, told WMC-TV that the KKK will hold the largest rally that Memphis has ever seen.
“It’s not going to be 20 or 30, it’s going to be thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States coming to Memphis, Tennessee,” he said.
The KKK Exalted Cyclops claims that this rally was planned before the council voted for the renaming, but the decision has also prompted the KKK to accuse Memphis of trying to “erase history”.
I’ll make a prediction. Instead of thousands, they’ll get a few dozen. And they’ll be dwarfed by counter-protestors. And seriously, how could you call yourself, or anyone else, the “exalted cyclops” without giggling?