Government Shutdown Puts Gettysburg National Park KKK Rally On Hold

By now I’m sure you’re aware that the federal government has shut down thanks to some of the political terrorists Republicans in the House of Representatives. To be clear, the government shut down is a pretty big deal. It’s effects will be far-reaching; and, it will be mostly felt by many in the economy eventually. Yes, the consequences go well beyond little toddlers left without Juicy Juice and milk because the WIC Program has come to a screeching halt. However, if there’s a silver lining in this latest government kerfuffle, it has to be that right now there are some angry KKK members. Why? Because it’s kind of hard to have a racist hoe down in a national park when the government has been shut down.

This from Philly’s NBC 10:

government-shutdown-kkk-gettysburgA planned Ku Klux Klan rally at a historic landmark of American history won’t happen due to the federal government shutdown.

The KKK event at Gettysburg National Military Park was canceled due to the government stalemate.

Park officials said they rescinded all permits for special events because of the shutdown that began Tuesday.

The permit had been approved for a Maryland-based KKK group, the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, for a Saturday gathering.

Park officials had defended granting the permit, saying they have a responsibility to make the land available for citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech, even if the views expressed are contrary to those of most Americans.

The group held a membership rally last month at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., where thousands died in a Civil War clash that set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

Oh well, I guess the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan will blame the black guy in charge just like the rest of our Republican pals. Yep, how about that for a little poetic justice. Yep, just something else for hooded and un-hooded racists in America to bitch about. Which is kind of funny when you consider that all the fuss is over the uninsured being able to access affordable healthcare. I don’t know whether a counter rally is needed. But, somebody needs to tell these knuckle-draggers that they’ll be able to get their teeth fixed because of Obamacare.

Now what’s really hilarious about this story, is that according to the Imperial Wizard of this group, as The Patriot News reports, they are attempting to “rebuild the image of the organization as one willing to cross racial lines for a common cause.” Yep, and all this time you thought the Klan was dead when the truth is the new Klan is welcoming of black folks ad other minorities. Gee, apparently thid post-racial thing is real after all.

“Everyone says the Klan is white supremacist,” said Richard Preston, the head of theConfederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “We are white separatists. We believe the races should not mix. A black man who works 40 hours a week to provide for his family and raises his family the right way, we don’t have a problem with him. We do have a problem with the man who wants to sell drugs in one corner and his wife on the other. We have a problem with that.”

Preston, whose group uses a post office box address listed in Rosedale, a Baltimore neighborhood, said his group will be in Gettysburg Saturday even if the federal government shutdown continues, and the park remains closed.

[…] Preston, who has been with the Klan for more than 10 years, said his group is distancing itself from Klan groups, he said, that have broken bylaws, and is trying to rebuild the organization’s image.

Preston said he is receiving lots of calls from other Klan groups in Kentucky, Georgia and Florida interested in following his lead.

“We will now do the best we can to stop the reconstruction of America,” Preston said.

Preston, 48, was voted Imperial Wizard of the Maryland group a year-and-a-half ago.

He said he will most likely attend the Saturday rally with no more than 5 to 10 members. To hold the rally with a large number of Klan members, he said, would be counter-productive to his goals. (source)

You know, maybe our Republican friends can learn a thing or two from Richard Preston and his new Klan.