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The Burlington News-Times Dec. 4, 2016

 

kkktrump2]State troopers blocked intersections Saturday as the Ku Klux Klan made its way through the city’s downtown and major thoroughfare. Windows rolled down, men and women shouted “White power!” and “Hail victory!” as the afternoon parade of roughly 30 cars drove by without an audience gathered. After all, the Loyal White Knights had initially announced its “Trump victory parade” would occur Saturday morning in Pelham, a county over and nearly 40 miles away, but they didn’t show up in Caswell County.

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The Times-News went to the residence of the founders of the Loyal White Knights to find out why no one had showed. The publication later learned that the parade was being held in Roxboro. Amanda Barker, who is identified on the KKK’s website as an “imperial kommander” and is married to Chris Barker, who founded the group, said the car parade would be a celebration of President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory.

“We actually kind of have the same views,” Barker said. “Actually a lot of white Americans actually felt the same way, especially about the wall, immigration and the terrorism coming here. I think Donald Trump is going to do some really good things and turn this country around.” On the sides and backs of the klan’s cars and trucks flew KKK flags, Confederate battle flags, Donald Trump flags and Christian flags. Barker said that since Trump’s election, “more white people sit there going, ‘Woo Trump! I’m proud to be white.’”

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“And now it seems like these people are kind of waking up, saying, ‘I’m not held down and now I can actually feel privileged and feel proud to be white once more.’” Barker told the Times-News the group would hold an award ceremony and dinner for its members that evening, though plans for a cross lighting were still up in the air, depending on the wind.

 

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