Ethics True Or False: “The KKK Has As Much Right To Have A Cookout As Anyone Else”

This is an excellent question to ask your Facebook Borg friends to determine if they support and understand the meaning of freedom of thought, freedom of association, free speech, and the Bill of Rights generally. Most of them will get the question wrong, because they don’t. Some of them will probably call you a racist for explaining what the correct and ethical answer is: TRUE.

It’s not a matter of debate either, unless one believes that the First Amendment is debatable—as, depressingly, a growing number of progressives do.

In Madison, Indiana, a mob of antifa members (with bandanas covering their faces)  and others conspired to prevent the local KKK chapter from holding its annual annual “Ku Klux Kookout” picnic in a public park. They beat the Klan group to the site, then confronted hoodless “Kookers”, who they outnumbered, and intimidated them into retreating after a ten minute confrontation.

“The ‘honorable sacred knights’ of the KKK showed up here at the park and were chased out within minutes because hate has no place here in Madison, Indiana,” Mike Gamms, one of the antifa organizers of the counter-cookout, or whatever you call it, said with misplaced pride.

Wrong, you pompous ignoramus. “Hate” has a place anywhere a citizen of the United States chooses to be in his or her own nation. Hate is constitutionally protected. Nobody has a right to tell anyone what they must love, like, or think about. You hate the Klan, and your hate is no more or less protected than theirs.

“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Ku Klux Klan is America’s oldest and most notorious hate group,” the equally ignorant Fox News outlet noted at the end of its report, as if a) that’s relevant or b) the Southern Poverty Law Center hasn’t been thoroughly exposed as scam organization that profits from the tactic of tarring conservative groups as “hate groups” to justify silencing political speech its allies—more to the point, its funder—find inconvenient. By its own standards, which are biased and dishonest, the SPLC is a hate group: they just hate the “right” people.

Like the Klan, it is despicable, but the Southern Poverty Law Center also has a right to have a cookout without being harassed by virtue-signalling thugs. “Law enforcement was there to keep the peace,” the news item tells us. If the authorities treated the antifa’s efforts to disrupt the Kookout (somebody tell the chapter that “kookout” sounds like an outing for kooks, which is about right, but not, I think, what the name was supposed to convey) any differently than they would have treated a Klan effort to disrupt an NAACP picnic, then the law enforcement officials were themselves violating the law.

Don’t they teach this in school? That’s a dumb question; I retract it.

Of course they don’t. To the earnest young woman holding the profound sign above, I’m sorry your education system failed you. Yes, racism is ignorant, but so is believing that any one set of beliefs is more protected by our Constitution than any other.

Somebody give her a “Bias Makes You Stupid” sign.

 

22 thoughts on “Ethics True Or False: “The KKK Has As Much Right To Have A Cookout As Anyone Else”

    • Because a poll tax and a civics test were the two most used tactics to deny voting rights to blacks in the south. Any such suggestion now would be met with a very angry response.

      • Matthew, I believe they were literacy tests not civics tests. Neither type are racially biased on their face. Literacy tests disenfranchised many poor whites who were sharecroppers and others who were not part of the landed gentry.

        A civics test today would probably exclude many Americans, even many with college degrees, but would be easily passed by those recently granted citizenship

        • Doesn’t matter. There are some things that get so misused or abused that any formerly legitimate use ends up being impossible.

          Poll taxes, literacy tests are such things as is the swastika.

          And, generally speaking, in today’s environment almost any tests to limit the franchise, no matter how reasonable, are shot down as discriminatory or racist.

          • Speaking of the swastika…. Try visiting India. They don’t care that the swastika was appropriated by the Nazi and later white supremacists. They still value it as a religious symbol with a positive meaning. You see them all over the place and even after multiple long visits, they still are visually jarring for one who was raised in the West.

  1. Is racism a sentient being with a measurable intellect?

    This woman has a future in advertising. Her poster should say something equally inarticulate along the lines of “Because racism.”

    • You said it before I could. A better sign or grammatically correct statement is Racism is ignorance.

      Opposing arguments that rely in violence and intimidation to achieve a goal are arguments that rarely have any merit.

  2. Here in my home state of Virginia, we have in recent months been visited by representatives of the KKK in the counties of Hanover and Henrico, who left leaflets or flyers in driveways of homes apparently espousing KKK ideology. This has received considerable news coverage in recent months.

    The official county government responses for the two counties were somewhat different. Hanover, responded with a fairly low-key reaction, in no way supportive of the practice of the KKK representatives but pointing out 1st Amendment protections and characterizing the incident as little more than littering or simple trespass… neither of which would be practically prosecutable as criminal offenses. Hanover county was excoriated for its lack of action.

    On the other hand, Henrico county officials made a much bigger and louder deal about the offensive nature of the incident and promised to pursue the matter aggressively. I do not recall if the Henrico officials mentioned the 1st Amendment protections or not, but if they did, it was buried under the more bellicose vows to seek to identify the evil doers and punish them.

    Obviously the KKK activities are not welcome by most Virginians, whether it be Hanover or Henrico, or elsewhere. But one jurisdiction (Hanover) seems to have taken a more measured approach and as a result got “clobbered” for their inaction, while the other jurisdiction (Henrico) inoculated themselves against recriminations by loudly virtue signalling. The practical result in both jurisdictions seems to be exactly the same. There will be no serious investigation and no prosecutions.

    It is not uncommon for various solicitors to put unwanted literature, flyers, or leaflets in mail boxes, in front doors, or under windshield wipers encouraging us to attend various events, go to certain churches, to buy discount tires, or to take advantage of a two-for-one pizza deal. (Sometimes I appreciate the two-for-one coupons.) Nonetheless, until and unless we start aggressively investigating and prosecuting all of these cases of simple trespass and littering, I am wondering how any jurisdiction can justify going after ignorant bigots who carry the KKK banner and espouse their ideas.

    Maybe some public officials find it to be easier to pander to those who might complain… 1st Amendment be damned.

  3. There is no “THE” Klan any more. It’s a disparate group of under employed people who are not expanding in numbers outside of cheeky teens who want to be jerks (which teens have done since time began and always grow out of).

    The best solution to “the” dying Klan is to let it die in peace. And yes, they are abhorrent. But you can leave abhorrent people alone.

  4. 5 will get you 10 many of the antifa protesters present were from my now leftist alma mater. (We don’t need no stinking civics.)

  5. “Freedom of association”, yeah, that’s out the window. You’ll associate with whomever the federal government says because at some point something crossed over a state line so now it’s their business.

  6. I view antifa and the Klan as more or less the same. They’re both hate groups, just with different slogans and discriminating against different people.

    Just as I see little difference between Communism and Nazism — they both advocate pretty much the same things just with different targets.

  7. The problem we face is that the KKK makes horrible people to stand up for. I draw a parallel to the enticement traps laid for pedophiles and the post incarceration punishment. When law enforcement pretends to be a minor and see if a pedophile shows up to meet, it reeks of pre-crime and entrapment. When a pedo serves the sentence yet still has to sign up for a lifetime registry that prevents ever going back into mainstream even if they never violate again.

    The problem is; who is going to stand up for the pedos? I don’t like it, but I’m not going out and publicly proclaiming I stand with them.

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