The Florida Times-Union reports that the Knight Riders, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan staged a highly successful rally in Nahunta, Georgia on February 20th, 2010. In attendance were 48 members of the Klan group; of the estimated 500 spectators, the vast majority were described as supporters of the Klan, at the very least supportive of their right to assemble and advocate. A couple of dozen protestors, organized by the NAACP, also separately manifested themselves. WJXT Channel 4 counted 115 law enforcement officers present from 12 separate agencies to help keep the peace. WTOC Channel 11 and First Coast News also filed reports. Stormfront thread HERE.
Many of the spectators, accompanied by children, waved Confederate flags, applauding and shouting “white power” during the two-hour gathering. Many supporters who came out said they wanted to hear what the Klan had to say, which included Imperial Wizard Jeff Jones sharply condemning employers’ illegal hiring practices, in addition to his questioning of Mexican-American patriotism toward the U.S. “We are here to tell you wake up Georgia and stop the Latino invasion now,” Jones said. “I know plenty of people who are willing to work and would do anything right now.” Jones also encouraged supporters to vote for new leaders. “Get rid of the people running this country,” he said. “They’re running it into the ground.” The Imperial Wizard is the highest-ranking official in the organization.
Even before the rally, there were hints of the massive outbreak of support that would manifest itself. According to Nahunta Mayor Ronnie Jacobs, City Hall received more than 1,000 calls from as far as California asking for information about the rally. Many of the callers wanted to be part of it. Even the local NAACP leader acknowledged widespread support for the Klan in the area. Gary Moore, chairman of the Appling County NAACP, said he thought more local Klan supporters would have attended, except it would damage their position in their communities. “You’ve got a lot of closet people — businesspeople, doctors, lawyers, judges — that aren’t going to jeopardize their livelihoods,” he said.
The Knight Riders are part of the Southern Alliance of Klans umbrella organization. They have taken some heat from within the White Nationalist community for their statement that "Neo Nazis, Skinheads and White Nationalists are not welcome at their events". Imperial Wizard Jeff Jones wants to set the record straight. On the Knight Riders website, Jones writes the following:
The Ku Klux Klan is a White Racial Movement, a Christian fraternity, and a secret society. Our Constitution forbids us to be a member of, or align with other organizations. We believe in the protection and advancement of the white race, but we realize there are white people who are traitorous and undesirable among us, therefore we protect only those who are members of the Ku Klux Klan. Just because you're white doesn't mean we trust you!
To become a citizen of our racial community, you must be accepted, naturalized and sworn to secrecy. We do not promote or incite violence, but we will protect ourselves. All that I've mentioned here is no secret to the world outside of our fraternity. Our rituals and meetings though, are secret, and are not to be seen by others. Neo Nazis, Skinheads and White Nationalists are no exception.
This doesn't mean they're necessarily opposed to the lawful activities of neo-Nazis, skinheads, and white nationalists. This simply means that only Klan members may officiate at Klan rallies.