Sunday, September 03, 2006
Talk about ironies, more than 2 dozen Ku Klux Klan members chose this Labor Day weekend to declare their aversion to minority groups including blacks, Jews, Latinos, and gays at the spot, in the Civil War battlefield, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his historical Gettysburg Address. Interestingly, nearly 5 times as many police officers as Klansmen showed up to keep the peace, a phrase that repeats on one like bad salami.
Moreover, a prominent member, if I may be allowed an oxymoron, of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan called for American troops to pull out of Iraq, and be redeployed at Mexican borders to prevent illegal immigration. The demonstration was granted a permit, a few months ago, by the Gettysburg park service in an effort to protect the group's First Amendment rights, thus there is double irony---first, that a demonstration of this nature would be held at a venue where the president who was responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation gave a momentous address and, secondly, because these KKK members are being protected by free speech, and freedom of assembly, two constitutional rights that would be, no doubt, among the first they would eliminate if given the chance to do so.
Somebody needs to tell these guys that it's just a matter of a decade or two before the face of the KKK may change such that they may well find themselves as the minority being targeted.