published Saturday, September 11th, 2010, updated Sept. 11th, 2010 at 2:35 p.m.

About 50 Klan members protest in Ellijay, 200 spectators watch

by Adam Crisp

ELLIJAY, Ga. — Roughly 50 Ku Klux Klan members gathered today in the back parking lot of the Gilmer County Courthouse to protest U.S. immigration policies, illegal immigrants and the president.

But a crowd of more than 200 onlookers gathered across the street to watch the demonstration. Police would not allow anyone in the parking lot except Klan members.

Speakers for the Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan focused most of their words on immigration, hatred of Hispanic immigrants and anger at President Barack Obama.

"Mexicans need to start a revolution in their own country instead of coming here to suck up on the gravy of our hard work," one speaker said.

More than a dozen of the spectators carried signs that were in oppposition to the Klan's comments and, at times, they sang "Jesus Loves the Little Children" and chanted "Go home."

Only a handful of the spectators appeared to be Klan suppporters, cheering during the various parts of the speeches and chanting "white power."

Tiny Ellijay, about 70 miles southeast of Chattanooga, was at a standtill today for the event, as residents stood on street corners and dozens of police officers lined the streets.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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captainkona said...

Bunch of lame, disgruntled attention whores who probably need to get jobs and concentrate on being productive citizens instead of showing their ignorance.

I'm a Christian White Male, Southern born and Southern bred. The Klan are punks. Nothing more.

September 11, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.
DogFight said...

The Latino immigrants in Ellijay and Gilmer County are the few people who DO work over there, and they work pretty hard. In fact, if there were no Latinos willing to work for basic wages, nothing would get done in the county. Many of the locals, save for some business owners, avoid work like it's a plague. My advice to the county: Learn to speak Spanish, if that is remotely possible, and learn from your Latino neighbors how to work and make some money. Then buy some shoes and shirts, put them on, and go get some dental work. And tell the kluckers to get lost.

September 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
EaTn said...

Only 50 marchers? You folks are being outdated and replaced; white robes for funny looking flag outfits and small town squares for the DC mall. You can keep your "white only" mentality but the initials in your name have to be changed to something a little more "patriotic". Get a bus and get into the twenty first century.

September 11, 2010 at 8:38 p.m.
moonpie said...

They should be protesting how irrelevant they are.

September 11, 2010 at 9:46 p.m.

its morons like this that make it impossible to carry the celebrate the battle flag anymore without being called a racist.

September 11, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Rene said...

I and, I'm sure, the majority of Ellijay/Gilmer Countians resent the remark about the Hispanics being the only ones here that will work. The person that made this comment probably is either part of the Illegal Movement, a member of the Southern poverty Law center movement, just a troublemaker, or a complete idiot. Maybe all in one. It is very strange that someone would make a comment like that, it is pretty evident they don't know much about Gilmer county or it's history. Gilmer Citizens have always welcomed both visitors and settlers, as long as they wanted to fit in, and contribute to the community. We are hard working and friendly people, but the person who made that comment would not fit in here, and probably nowhere else. We have a fairly high unemployment level right now, but not as high as some other parts of the state and country. a good number of the Illegal immigranrts have gone back to their country or somewhere else. most of the immigrants, either illegal or otherwise have settled in and don't cause trouble. They are respected, and show respect. They have with the help of local citizens setup their own churches, or joined other local churches. There have been a large number of forclosures and failed business (most whom employed immigrants. Many that employed immigrants now have no job and no home themselves, and many need help themselves, but are proud of never taking welfare, or asking help from others, they are slow to even reveal that they need it. This person that made the negative comment about the people here needs to come here and say it if he has what it takes.

September 12, 2010 at 10:51 a.m.
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