There was little hope for anything good coming from a face-off in South Carolina on Saturday between members of the Ku Klux Klan and those affiliated with the New Black Panthers.
Nevertheless, the media is likely to present a few dozen white supremacists, looking to take advantage of the controversy over the Confederate flag to draw attention to themselves, as being representative of the entire white race — minimizing the extreme racist views of the New Black Panthers in the process.
Either way, police had their hands full preventing a full scale race riot between extremists representing the fringe elements of the racial divide.
The Klan were on hand to protest the removal of the Stars and Bars at the Statehouse, and angry clashes repeatedly broke out, NBC News reported.
According to NBC, about 2,000 people turned out to watch the drama, with five people being arrested for offenses including disorderly conduct, simple assault and breach of peace. No officers were injured.
The Daily Mail published some remarkable photos from the day, as seen here. In addition, there were plenty of images on social media.
Here’s a sampling from Twitter:
— A Girl Has No Name (@_Dee_Aye) July 18, 2015
This guy literally wet his pants when his bigotry was directly confronted at a KKK rally in South Carolina yesterday. pic.twitter.com/94ikW5xFn0
— base (@BasePublication) July 19, 2015
— Pedro Nicolaci da Costa (@pdacosta) July 19, 2015
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 18, 2015
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 19, 2015
— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) July 19, 2015
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) July 19, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) July 19, 2015
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