Florida: Students march to protest KKK and racism

Tallahassee residents marched to the capitol on Thurs., Apr. 9 in protest of the Klan. (Photo: James Papastavros/FSView)

Founded by Confederate veterans in the aftermath of the American Civil War, the racist, white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan (or KKK for short) is currently at their nadir of power and influence. When once they boasted a following of up to 6 million members, they’ve now been reduced to the four-digit thousands across the nation. A recent effort to increase Klan recruitment involved distributing flyers throughout the Leon County area.

In an effort to combat local Klan presence, as well as in response to recent racially charged acts of violence, the Students for a Democratic Society held a “Stand Against the Klan” protest rally last Thursday, April 9. A large group gathered on the FSU campus, mostly comprised of students, to express their anger at the KKK’s propaganda attempt, at the fatal shooting of Michael Scott, the latest in a string of recent police shootings of unarmed black men and at the revelation that three Florida corrections officers, alleged KKK members, plotted to kill a black inmate.

“The rally tonight is to stand against the messages of racial hatred that the KKK has been spreading, as well as their connection to various police departments around the nation,” Shivaani Ehssan, an SDS member said…

Is the KKK really making a comeback? This is seems like an overreaction.

  • jayme

    Anti racism protest yet only 2 blacks.

  • Artie

    Four actually, and the rest being middle class students means they are racist on the quiet.

    • It’s sad to see these kids make a mockery of themselves.

  • mauser 98

    read about Klan meeting in Georgia. 20 attended. they discovered they were all undercover FBI. meeting adjourned.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Wasn’t that Warren Kinsella’s schtick?

      • mauser 98

        not that i know..(?).. heard on US radio show re FBI agent interview

  • Jabberwokk

    No there an easy defenseless target. Predators always look for the sick, weak, and/or defenseless to pick on. who would defend the KKK?

    Which means they must be feeling bad and need an easy win to build up there confidence. In fighting we call this crushing cans.

    Either that or someone really screwed the pooch bad and desperately is in need of deflection.

    • It’s the meat world equivalent of Facebook activism.

  • andycanuck

    I read pre-internet (so the ’80s probably) that there were more Klansmen in NY State then than in all of the former Confederate states combined. (Older farts here may recall that coworkers of “Archie Bunker” were in the KKK in All in the Family.)

  • Petr

    The clansmen would have us belive, that if you let blacks run things, they degrade to the level of primitive Africa (and the more blacks there are in place, the faster it goes). We know that is false, because of shinig examples of post-colonial African prosperity and cities like Detroit and New Orleans in the US …

  • Gary

    But somehow these people don’t say a word about BOKO’s Black sex-slaves or the Arab Muslim hatred for Blacks that includes fellow muslims as we see in Africa where arab muslims slaughter black muslims as apostates .

    • Justin St.Denis

      Arab muslims still need slaves, and african black muslims make excellent slaves for them and have for centuries.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The KKK were DEMOCRATS.

    • Petr

      I am sure the Clan is doing whatever it can to hide this shamefull past.

  • Minicapt

    Check with the SPLC, they monitor far-right hate groups closely and specialise in tracking the Klan.


  • Justin St.Denis

    KKK and all things “Aryan” have been pumped up beyond all credibility by the media since the early 1990s, when the “race sector” moved from the capitalist “race relations model” to the socialist “anti-racism model”. The former deals with reality in meatspace, the latter presumes the existence of a complex network of social injustices based upon race and developed with intentional malice.

    Conspiracy theorists have been around FOREVER.