A leader of a North Carolina chapter of the Ku Klux Klan said on Wednesday that the organization will hold a rally outside High Point in early August.
The Aug. 9 rally will be private, said Robert Jones of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
But Jones wouldn’t say exactly where the KKK intends to hold its rally.
The event came to the attention of local law enforcement after media outlets reported the Loyal White Knights, one of the largest KKK organizations in the U.S., had distributed fliers in Harnett County advertising the event.
“We will be focusing on immigration issues and other issues that affect North Carolina,” Jones said. “The main agenda will be immigration — how we’re being replaced in our own communities. This is only happening in white countries.”
The High Point Clerk’s Office processes permits for marches, but as of Wednesday, the KKK had not filed for one, High Point police Capt. Mike Kirk said.
Jones said a goal for the rally is to increase support for the organization.
To some extent, the publicity generated by fliers has done that, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“They’re clearly trying to take advantage of the press they’ve gotten over the last couple of months,” Potok said. “They really love to be in newspapers.”
Even so, the Klan is a shadow of the organization that at one time had millions of members. Estimates now put the membership between 4,000 and 6,000, Potok said.