OXFORD, Miss. — Wearing traditional red, black and white robes and carrying flags representing the infamous hate group, about 10 hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan protested on the Ole Miss campus Saturday.
The protest, held on the steps of Fulton Chapel, fizzled after less than 10 minutes and faced a large counter-protest from students and onlookers.
The Klan traveled to Oxford to protest Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones’ decision to ban the Ole Miss band from playing “From Dixie with Love” because students chanted “the South will rise again” during the melody.
Shane Tate, the North Mississippi great titan for the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said in an e-mail the ban is an attack on free speech and Southern Christian heritage.
Once escorted to the chapel by police, the Klan members were met by a wall of boos from more than 200 spectators who had gathered in front of the chapel to witness the protest.
During most of the brief protest the Klansmen stood silently waving Confederate and Klan flags on the chapel steps while constantly receiving jeers from hostile onlookers.
“Go to hell, KKK,” and “Take off your mask, cowards!” the onlookers chanted.
The Klansmen attempted to shout back at the onlookers, but their only audible yells were “the South will rise again” and “white power” chanted in unison with Nazi-like salutes.
Police in riot gear escorted the Klansmen down the hill by the chapel and out of sight after less than ten minutes of protesting.
KKK To Hold Rally Before Ole Miss Game, [Updated 11.21.09, 9:41 a.m.]
The Ku Klux Klan will rally at Ole Miss on Saturday before the school’s football game against Louisiana State University. According to the Daily Reveille, an LSU student newspaper, the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is protesting a decision to eliminate the song “From Dixie with Love” from the school’s band lineup.
University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones asked the band not to perform the song because fans chanted “the South will rise again” when it was played.
Below, watch a 2006 video of Ole Miss fans chanting the phrase.
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