An editorial published in Wednesday’s edition of Columbia’s The State newspaper noted that a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group was planning to rally at the South Carolina statehouse on Saturday in support of the Confederate flag, but many lawmakers in the state had already been using rhetoric that was disturbingly similar.
“Saturday, of course, is the day that the cowards who like to dress up in white sheets and pointy hats will rally at our State House, to protest our decision to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds,” the paper’s editorial staff wrote.
“As The State’s Andrew Shain reported, members of a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group say they are ‘standing up for our Confederate history and all the Southerners who fought and died against federal tyranny,’” the editorial continued. “A recording on the group’s phone line proclaims that ‘Our government is trying to erase white culture and our heritage right out to the pages of the history books.’”
The paper added: “It’s chilling, isn’t it, to note how much that rhetoric resembles the arguments made by a few members of our Legislature during last week’s flag debate.”
The largest newspaper in South Carolina’s capital city pointed out this week the “chilling” similarities between lawmakers who defended the Confederate flag and members of the Ku Klux Klan.