World News

USA: Black and white protesters face each other in South Carolina over Confederate flag

19 July 2015 at 22:49 | 723 views

By Our Correspondent.

There was a lot of tension and emotional outbursts in Columbia, South Carolina, yesterday, Saturday July 18 when KKK members allegedly from North Carolina held a rally on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse while the Black Educators for Justice from Jacksonville, Florida, led by a former New Black Panthers party leader also had their own rally nearby.

There are reports that members of the radical Nation of Islam were also present.

Tension mounted when the KKK members who were protesting the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina legislature building were surrounded by members of the Columbia community, both white and black, and told to go home. They were however fully protected by North Carolina state police and they had some obvious supporters in the crowd waving waving little Confederate flags, according to Muhammad Lila, a Vice News reporter present on the scene.

It seems the KKK members at the rally were mostly out of town but local KKK members seem to be present but did not want to identify themselves.Some were however holding Confederate flags and allowed themselves to be interview and appear on camera.

Here is a video recording on the rally by Vice News. Warning: This is raw footage, some aspects of it can be very disturbing. Click on the clip below: