Armed KKK members demonstrate in Hillsborough, are outnumbered by anti-racist protesters

Armed Ku Klux Klan members carrying Confederate and Klan flags and banners rallied in front of the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough on Saturday.

The Klan members were quickly outnumbered by anti-racist counter-protesters.

Despite open-carrying pistols, none of the KKK demonstrators were arrested under either laws against carrying weapons to political demonstrations or “going armed to the terror of the public.”

State lawmakers and the Mayor Tom Stevens took to Twitter to make statements on the rally.

In a public statement on the rally, the Town of Hillsborough said the Klan members did not have a permit for their demonstration

“Over the past few months, small groups of two to five people have been coming to Hillsborough from time to time and holding Confederate flags on public sidewalks,” the statement said. “The Hillsborough Police Department manages these demonstrations on a case-by-case basis. Today, officers worked with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to monitor and manage the demonstrations.”

Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Weaver emphasized that a much larger number of community members demonstrating against the Klan showed up to oppose them before the crowd finally dispersed around 6:30 p.m.

Anti-racist demonstrators released a joint statement on the demonstration in which they criticized law enforcement’s lack of action to curb armed demonstrations by white supremacist groups.

“Antiracist activists maintain that demonstrations by armed white supremacists, such as the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Hillsborough on 24 August and the Klan-affiliated Heirs to the Confederacy in Chapel Hill on 20 August, are only possible due to protection offered to these white supremacists by local law enforcement,” the statement said.

Photographer Daniel Hosterman captured images showing the KKK demonstrators interacting with police while armed.

Many observers have noted that the Loyal White Knights banner encouraged people to “Help make America great again” by joining the Klan.

The slogan was popularized by President Donald Trump’s political campaign.


  1. Mary

    August 26, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Open carry law
    Open carry is also legal throughout North Carolina.[40] In the town of Chapel Hill, open carry is restricted to guns of a certain minimum size, under the theory that small, concealable handguns are more often associated with criminal activity. No permit is required to carry a handgun openly in North Carolina. In the court case of State v. Kerner (1921) the defendant ended up getting into some type of confrontation with another man. The defendant proceeded to walk back to his place of work, get his gun, and then return to the scene to fight. The defendant ended up being charged with “carrying a concealed weapon” and “carrying his pistol off his premises unconcealed,”[41] which violated a local act applicable to Forsyth County and ended up being a misdemeanor. The defendant was taken to trial and the trial judge then dismissed the charge as unconstitutional. The state then appealed, and the supreme court affirmed. During court, the court stated at the beginning that the Second Amendment did not apply, because “the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are restrictions on the federal authority and not the states.” Therefore, with that being said, it focused more on the state constitution. The state constitution states that: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The court viewed the provision as protecting the right to carry arms in public. Although, the case of State v. Kerner helped/made more clear the allowance of openly carrying a pistol, it does not preclude all regulations regarding the carrying of firearms.[42]

  2. Joe Killian

    August 30, 2019 at 10:33 am

    All of that as it may be, there are laws precluding the carrying of firearms in political demonstrations.

    They are regularly — though sometimes spottily — applied in North Carolina in cases such as this.

    Which is why the Orange County Sheriff’s office has announced they’ll be arresting people in this case.

  3. Kenneth

    September 3, 2019 at 10:50 am

    People do not ever mention how many lives guns have saved. In Hillsborough we have very few breaking in homes. Because people know we have guns and even criminal’s respect a gun. 7-11 gets robbed becouse they have no guns. Mom and pop stores really get robbed.

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