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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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Cue the Klan—Stage Right

Cue the Klan—Stage Right

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Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer

Rodney A. Smolla

Cornell University Press

This chapter talks about the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Pelham, North Carolina that got into the Charlottesville act and applied for a permit to hold a rally in Charlottesville. It mentions the Loyal White Knights leaders Christopher Barker and his wife, Amanda Barker, who led the protest against Charlottesville's plan to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from Emancipation Park in order to stop cultural genocide. It also discusses Glendon Scott Crawford, a Ku Klux Klan member from Albany, New York, who claimed to have invented a radiation-spewing “death ray” gun that he planned to use to kill Muslims. The chapter highlights Jason Kessler's displeasure with Christopher Barker and the Pelham Ku Klux Klan's involvement in the Charlottesville arena. It also discloses Richard Spencer's disinterest and distanced himself from the Klan rally.

Keywords:   Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Christopher Barker, Amanda Barker, Charlottesville, Glendon Scott Crawford, Emancipation Park, cultural genocide

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