Over the weekend when most Americans celebrate the founding of the United States, some activists have decided to show support for the flag of those who sought to split this country apart to defend the institution of slavery. As of the morning of July 3, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) has documented plans for at least 46 pro-Confederate flag rallies, 40 of them set to take place over the holiday weekend (see map and chart below).
Under the headline “No Evidence of Hate Crimes in Fires at Black Churches,” the New York Times on June 29 reported, “officials say they have found no evidence that the blazes were hate crimes.” They have also found no suspects, as of this writing, so the investigations continue. Some of the fires may have been set by mischievous youngsters armed with wooden clothespins turned into a mechanism that shoots lighted kitchen matches. But it is simply too early to tell anything, much less decide that there was “no evidence” of a hate crime in any of these fires.
Following the brutality of Charleston church massacre, the continued presence of the Confederate battle flag over the South Carolina Statehouse ignited a national discussion about racism. Now, a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan faction has inserted itself into the already volatile mix.