The first batch of photos are out, via the ASSOCIATED PRESS, of the Ku Klux Klan rally at Ole Miss today before the Rebels play LSU at 3:30p ET.
The AP reports:
The members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan spent about 10 minutes waving flags, displaying Nazi-style salutes and occasionally gesturing at a group of about 250 hecklers that included young children. They were protesting the school’s decision to drop a pep song that included “Dixie.”
Some fans had been ending the song by chanting, “The South will rise again.” Chancellor Dan Jones asked the band to stop playing the song after fans ignored a request to drop the chant.
I’ve heard from two people who saw the proceedings who said the rally was actually ended by law enforcement, with the KKK forcibly removed from campus. No word yet if that is true and if so, why the *protest* was cut short.
The KKK originally announced earlier this week that it would rally from 10am to 11pm on the Ole Miss campus.
While it has been widely reported that Ole Miss had no choice but to allow the rally to go off, the school could’ve deemed that the protestors presented a “clear and present” danger to the public before allowing today’s events.
Apparently Ole Miss officials thought that people walking around wearing hoods while shouting threatening, obscene rhetoric in the middle of a massive group of people who have been consuming alcohol was not a danger to the public.
Ole Miss most certainly had a choice, and constitutionally had every right to refuse the KKK. And it didn’t.
Apparently 10 minutes into the rally, police disagreed with Ole Miss officials and, as an emailer who was in attendance wrote to me, “kicked the KKK off campus.”
Do you think there are federally-funded schools out there that would not allow the KKK to rally on-campus under similar circumstances? I do.