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The KKK vs. the Crips vs. Memphis City Council (Full Length)


-Klansmen, salute the cross! -White power! -White power! -White power! -White power! -Who is Nathan Bedford
Forrest? -He was the first Grand Wizard
of the Ku Klux Klan, and he was a freedom fighter for the
southern colonies, the colonies of southern
independence. The Confederate States
of America. -Nathan Bedford Forrest
was a racist. It’s a symbol of a negative
part of the past that many African Americans in this
community simply don’t want, and they don’t like. -He was a very prominent man,
a very wealthy man. And he was a self made man. -He was another Adolf
Hitler, in my mind. -Our hero for every member
of the white race. -He is most remembered by me
as being just one of the greatest Civil War generals
we ever had. -He was a marauder,
a murderer. At Fort Pillow, he executed
hundreds of black soldiers. He was one of the co-founders
of one of the single worst domestic terrorist organizations
in the history of the United States. His bad kind of outweight
his good. -He’s always been a revered
figure in the Klan. You know, I looked up
to Nathan Bedford Forrest as a general. But it does cause trouble
in this city. ROCCO CASTORO: I arrived in
Memphis six days before the scheduled Klan rally to reveal
the hard truths about a city that has struggled with racism
since it was founded in 1819. So we’re here outside Lorraine
Motel, which is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Was assassinated. A lot of people are up in arms
about this Klan rally due to its timing, which is a day away
from Easter, and five days away from the anniversary
of his assassination. Seems pretty purposefully timed
to me, and outright disrespectful. -Young people in America, you
need to realize that the schoolhouse is not going to
teach you right from wrong. All they’re gonna teach you is
Black History Month, and Mexican Month, and all that. [INAUDIBLE], ain’t nobody
talking to you, you stay over there. Nobody talking to you. I got an hour, and I’m gonna
be here for an hour. I got this darn bench,
you didn’t get it. -Great. White power. -White power! -It’s my hour, and I’m
gonna take my hour. Do not go [INAUDIBLE], do not
take our rights away from us. The black political machine
is wanting to take away your monuments. Dig him up and move him. But that will never happen. It’ll never happen in America,
because we will stand tall for Nathan Bedford Forrest. And another thing, another
thing, next time I get out at the gas station and I’m pumping
my gas, I don’t want to hear your Lil Jon and your
Triple Six, and your Bohemian I don’t know what music. You live over in Africa
where it came from. If it wasn’t for the white man
fighting for you, you’d still be picking cotton
in the fields. That’s what you’d be doing if
it wasn’t for the white man fought for you. NAACP. Negroes, apes, alligators,
coons and possums. Which one are you? STEVEN HOWARD: Yeah, you
can come here, man. You can come here. Watch your step, man. Forrest City, let me
find Forrest City. You know what that this? ROCCO CASTORO: That’s
where the– STEVEN HOWARD: Klan
was founded at. ROCCO CASTORO: Pulaski. -Yes, Pulaski, Tennessee. Know what that is? ROCCO CASTORO: No. -That’s Chapel Hill,
Tennessee. That was Nathan Bedford
Forrest’s boyhood home. -And this one goes from
here to here. MICHAEL CLAYTON: The reason
that I joined the Klu Klux Klan of Mississippi is because
I am tired of all of the blacks, and all of the
Mexicans think that they own America. ROCCO CASTORO: In Memphis,
they want to rename one of the parks. What do you think about that? MICHAEL CLAYTON: I think
that it’s bull crap. I think that it’s just a bunch
of blacks that want to take all the white people’s history
away from them. And if they do it in Memphis,
Tennessee, then they’re gonna go to another state, and
they’re gonna try it in another state, and another
state, and another state, and another state. And that’s when we’ll all be
in concentration camps. So be ready for it. ROCCO CASTORO: Do you feel that
your rights as a white man are being taken away? JAMES THOMAS: Oh, every day. ROCCO CASTORO: Can you
give examples? JAMES THOMAS: I mean, just like
the Ole Miss deal, where they’ve done away with the Ole
Miss mascot at Ole Miss. They took the Colonel Reb
away and replaced it with a Black Bear. I mean, I can understand them
changing the name because they said it hurts their recruiting
at Ole Miss, but then they’re gonna turn around and call
it the Black Bears. Why not a white bear? Why’d it have to be black? -Tonight, boys, tonight, we
gonna kill us a negro. ROCCO CASTORO: And will you
be at Saturday’s rally? -More than likely. We’ll see how things go. Called for rain, but we’ll
see what happens. Called for rain today, but
we still’s out there. The Ku Klux Klan is like
the postal service. Rain, shine, sleet or snow,
we gonna be out there. Ain’t no rain gonna stop me. So I’m gonna be out there. -And that’s how you do it. That’s how you prepare
a cross. -We gonna kill us a negro. -All right! DAJUAN HORTON: This
is the KKK. They gonna come to Memphis,
Tennessee, in the middle of Black History Month,
where Martin Luther King got gunned down. You’re gonna come here and rally
deep, really, really deep in my language
just to talk? No, it’s not gonna
happen like that. ROCCO CASTORO: Shortly after the
Klan’s announcement they were rallying in Memphis,
local Grape Street Crips member DaJuan Horton posted a
video on YouTube in which he stated that he was forming an
alliance of rival Memphis games to amass in a show of
force on the day of the rally. DAJUAN HORTON: When you come,
we’re gonna have the biggest fucking rally you ever seen. [INAUDIBLE] Hip Hop, Memphis, Tennessee. -We out this bitch. [MUSIC – LIL WYTE FT. MISCELLANEOUS & AL KAPONE,
“M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”] DAJUAN HORTON: When I made the
video, I just didn’t see eye to eye with what they were
saying, about how they were gonna come down here
so deep like that. And at this point, I really
don’t even care, whatever they do. I just want to get my people
together, and it’s going to be bigger than just their rally. Even after their rally, which
is Saturday on the 30th, I still want to keep us together
and keep this movement going. There are all kinds of gangs
down here, and we’re gonna get all those different people who
kill each each other– Bloods, Crips, GDs, Vice
Lords, and Ill. They can kill each other, I
figure they can come together and do something positive. So I’ve been talking to all
the different gangs. Just not specific people, like
we haven’t made truces with enemies, or nothing like that. ROCCO CASTORO: No, I
didn’t mean that. DAJUAN HORTON: I would
like to, though. All my enemies, I’m
like, I love you. Like, anybody who thinks
I don’t like you, like, I like you a lot. I would like– down there, I like to get like
a lot of weed and bring it down there to the people, and
give it to them and make them smoke peace blunts. Like, blunts make
people relax. This is my favorite. I named her Cobra, because
she’s a cobra. COOL: He can’t keep a gun. He trigger happy. I shoot for him, so I just
give him the guns. DAJUAN HORTON: So people with
licenses carry my guns for me, but I got the papers. So we’re illegal. So if you run up on us in public
and you got a problem, may God be with you. DOC MARTIN: Good morning. Welcome, welcome, welcome. You know it’s 10:00, and you
know what time it is. It’s time for you to come on
into my office, stretch out on the couch, and let’s
talk about it. Today we have a great
one for you. The topic is the renaming
of the parks. City council decided that the
parks are named after some people that they feel have done
some African Americans bad in this community. Then there are some saying, man,
that was history, it had nothing to do with that. But last time we had somebody
protest, called the KKK, it didn’t go too good. And coming this Saturday,
they’re gonna be in Memphis protesting the fact that, hey,
you leave the name of them parks alone. We know what it represents
to us, and we feel it should not change. And there are some rumors that
the gangs here in Memphis are going to say, we’re going to
keep the Klan at hand. Well, whichever way it goes, I’d
like to know, how do you feel about it? -How many minutes I got to
be talking about this before we hang up? DOC MARTIN: You got
your 90 seconds. -But now, Doc, on my
phone, Doc, you see, I got 14 minutes. It says I got 14 minutes. DOC MARTIN: But you ain’t got
14 minutes on the show. Come on, bumblebee, get your– -Uh-huh. DOC MARTIN: Get in
and get out. -I got ’till the [INAUDIBLE] say what I want to say. I don’t care nothin’
about their park. Keep their park right there. DOC MARTIN: That’s
how you feel? -[INAUDIBLE]. DOC MARTIN: All right,
bumblebee, I’m gonna keep it real. -Ah– DOC MARTIN: You got
your seconds. Appreciate you, man. Gentleman, let’s not even put
any hesitation to this. The founder of the Ku Klux
Klan was Nathan Bedford Forrest, and they’ve named
the park after him. I think that’s the biggest issue
with some Memphians. LEE MILLAR: Well, that’s part of
the education that needs to occur, because General Forrest
was not the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. It existed for over a year
before he allegedly ever got involved in it. So Forrest was not the founder
of the Klan, and in fact the Klan of the 1860s is
very different from the Klan of today. It’s upsetting that people would
attack history and try to erase history like this. It takes education to learn
about somebody from 150 years in our past, and the more people
know, they get educated about our past, the better
off they are. When the Ku Klux was formed,
they created it as a social club, to start with. Tennessee at that time was ruled
by just a tyrannical carpet bag governor, and he
had tripled the taxes. And so these ex-Confederates
thought that they had better do something about it. So they dressed up in sheets
and curtains one night, and ran him out of town, and they
restored law and order to Pulaski, Tennessee. Well, this caught on and the
next town did the same thing. They were also protecting the
white and black farmers who were losing their land, so it
wasn’t an anti-black thing whatsoever in the 1860s. After it had gone on for over a
year on, the Klan had spread so widely that they needed
someone who could really organize the Klan, and they
voted in General Forrest as president of the Klan. At that same point, the Klan
started turning violent. Some of the guys were taking the
law into their own hands, and so Bedford Forrest ordered
that the Klan be disbanded, and it was. So in 1869, the Ku Klux
Klan disappeared. ROCCO CASTORO: And this
was the initial– LEE MILLAR: This
was the first– right, the first Klan. Then around the time of World
War I, jobs were scarce. You had the Great Depression. And the white guys figured out
that if you scared the black guys out of town, there
would be more jobs. Generally speaking, blacks are
more scared of ghosts than other people, so it became an
economic tool for the Klan to resurrect itself. ROCCO CASTORO: Is the
word scare a bit– LEE MILLAR: Well, scare might
be a little bit light. ROCCO CASTORO: Yeah, a little
light, I would think. LEE MILLAR: Yes, yes. There may have been some
lynchings then, but yeah, that’s where it first had gotten
into little terrorist activities. Then the Klan disappeared in
about 1933, and was gone on until the 1950s and ’60s. Then when segregation
came about, then the third Klan arose. And they were specifically to
fight black civil rights and to oppose federal
intervention. And they really developed the
scare tactics, just to terrorize the black residents. And that’s, unfortunately, the
Klan that we have today, is more of the terrorist group. ROCCO CASTORO: Do you think the
city council is engaging in revisionist history? LEE MILLAR: Oh yes,
I certainly do. They’re trying to eliminate
these three Civil War parks, which is part of American
history, Memphis history, certainly. And so it’s certainly upon the
shoulders of the city council that the Klan is coming to
Memphis for a rally. And it’s unfortunate, because
it’s going to give Memphis a further black eye. ROCCO CASTORO: It was the
Memphis city council who spearheaded the decision
to change the name of Forrest Park. Two council members in
particular, Janice Fullilove and Myron Lowery were extremely
vocal about the reasons for the renaming. JANICE FULLILOVE: Why do we have
to put up with what we have seen for decades and
decades, that’s just a reminder of how evil some people
had been towards my people, and other people? I marched with Dr. King back
in 1968, got shot at by a Memphis police officer. The only thing that saved me, I
had a hair piece on my head, and a big old hole in it. And we don’t need that. We are a progressive city. We’re moving forward. ROCCO CASTORO: The decision to
change these parks’ names, I mean, is there any
responsibility to bear on the council? JANICE FULLILOVE: I
take the blame. Even though I’ve got death
threats, they’re gonna hang me, nigga, we’re
gonna get you. Fine. ROCCO CASTORO: Is that
what the Klan’s, they’re calling you– JANICE FULLILOVE: I don’t
know if it was the Klan. ROCCO CASTORO: Somebody. JANICE FULLILOVE: Somebody. Yeah. They were going to kill– I was going to be hung. I was– OK, so what? Hang me, but I’m still going
to stand for that which is right, even if I stand
by myself. But fortunately, there
were 13, 12 others that stood with me. MYRON LOWERY: I’ve referred
to the Klan as a terrorist organization. In fact, I call them the
American Taliban. Change produces controversy,
and that’s what we have in this case. People, many people don’t
want to change. They want to live in
the past with the memories that they have. Well, no one is trying
to change history. We’re only trying to
add on to history. [KNOCK ON DOOR] DR. E.C. FIELDS: Mr.
Castoro, US Grant. ROCCO CASTORO: Nice to meet
you, General Grant. DR. E.C. FIELDS: Won’t
you come in? ROCCO CASTORO: Yes, hello. DR. E.C. FIELDS: This
is my wife, Julia. Julia, this is Mr.
Rocco Castoro. JULIA: Good morning, sir. ROCCO CASTORO: Pleasure to
meet you, Mrs. Grant. JULIA: Welcome to our home. ROCCO CASTORO: Thank
you for having me. DR. E.C. FIELDS: Julia
graciously agreed to join us briefly. ROCCO CASTORO: That’s
wonderful. Memphis is a weird but magical
place, and is apparently home to a wormhole that allowed me to
travel back in time to meet Union general and
former President Ulysses S. Grant, a.k.a. Doctor E. C. Fields, to
get his opinion on the controversy. DR. E.C. FIELDS: Councilwoman
Fullilove does not know her history, and that’s someone who
has the position, don’t confuse me with the truth,
I’ve got my mind made up. General Forrest, he
was supportive of Negro, black rights. In fact, in 1875 he came out and
said strongly that he felt that blacks should be admitted
to the bar to practice law. He had earlier said that blacks
should be able to go as far as their capabilities
could take them. I never met General Forrest
personally. I know something of his
history that I may be able to tell you. General Forrest was
a military genius. He was the only man in the Civil
War, and indeed, the only man in history who rose
from a private soldier to Lieutenant General
in the same war. His movements, his tactics, his
efforts are still studied at the United States Military
Academy, so General Forrest, to me, is exemplary of someone
who was one of the most effective combat leaders
in military history. That’s Chief. He’s chiefed up, so
we call him Chief. JULIA: He’s the male alpha. He’s the alpha. ROCCO CASTORO: What will you be
doing on Saturday when the rally is happening? DR. E.C. FIELDS: I will be
here in the 21st century. I will be here on my
deck, looking at my ducks on the lake. I will place myself as far away
as I possibly can from what’s going on downtown,
and I urge everyone to stay away from that. Don’t give anybody,
be it the Klan or the Crips, an audience. ROCCO CASTORO: Two days before
the rally, I met back up with DaJuan Horton and his fellow
Grape Street Crips to see how the recruiting efforts
were going. DAJUAN HORTON: About to go get
on with some young fellas in the neighborhood. Catch them outside, just
getting out of school. All of them, you know? Some of them grown. Everybody’s been in
a little trouble. Everybody do their own things
as far as getting money and what they’re claiming, but I
want them to come together and show them that we don’t have
to kill each other while you’re getting your money. That’s one thing for sure,
you don’t have to fear another black man. ROCCO CASTORO: They had gotten
as far as setting up a name for their new gang mega
alliance, which they called DUI, Divine United
International. As I rode with DaJuan on the
recruiting mission, I couldn’t help but think that some people might find it confusing. You want to basically have these
guys all be under the banner of DUI? DAJUAN HORTON: Yeah,
but it’s more of– not a banner. I don’t know the terminology
I want to use. We’re going to Hustle Town. ROCCO CASTORO: Hustle Town? DAJUAN HORTON: Yeah,
it’s Hustle Town. Yes, this place can
be very dangerous. I know a couple people from
over here have been shot. And it’s not so much that it’s
a poverty neighborhood, it’s just the people in the
neighborhood are just us, you know? Hood people, and they’re gonna
act a certain way no matter where they are? Hello? Little Ed, are you fixing
to come to the hood? We on our way now, nigga. Oh, you on the way now? All right, G. So you know
we out here, east side. You see my boy? No matter where we at, it’s
east side over here. Come on, [INAUDIBLE]. Yeah, so like, we can get
this DUI out here, man. Divine United International. We’re trying to stop
killing each other. How do you all feel about
that, you know? It says DUI, but it’s
not DUI, we’re driving drunk, or nothing. You know, we’re trying
to come together. So the more people you know in
Memphis, imagine you had all them connections. You’ll never have a problem. You get stranded somewhere,
you can call anybody. We gonna bring everybody
together, man. All the gangs and stuff like
that, we gonna bring all that together. -Yeah, man. Positive, man. DAJUAN HORTON: First event we
got is gonna be Saturday at the KKK rally, and we’re gonna
try to scoop everybody up and go down there, just to show
them, know what I’m saying? That we don’t want to
hear none of that. East side, nigga! East Memphis was predominantly
white at first, and like, it was real pretty. So they started moving black
people out here, and then it started looking a little
different. And then you know, so east side
is where we hold it down. -You good? DAJUAN HORTON: Eddie
my guy right here. Man, I want to tell you
about that DUI, man. We gonna come together. Everybody coming together. -Yeah, man. Positive. DAJUAN HORTON: Divine United
International. We want college boys, gang
bangers, everything you can think of. You hear me? East side, nigga! -My guy. DAJUAN HORTON: There
go my other guy. -What up, man? DAJUAN HORTON: East side. East side. East side. -Look at that, he spending
[INAUDIBLE]. DAJUAN HORTON: East side. East side. East side. East side. -You know how we do it. -Y’all hear about the rally? -Downtown. -What did you say
about the KKK? -What do you feel about
people destroying Memphis, your home city? Racial war. -No. DAJUAN HORTON: See how
we can get together? We should be able to
do this anywhere. White person with tattoos, black
people with tattoos, it ain’t even about the tattoos,
it’s about the color, man. You feel me? We should be able to travel
without having to watch your backs. -This a group hug to
the whole Memphis. DAJUAN HORTON: You should be
able to walk down your own street without having
to watch your back. ROCCO CASTORO: I managed to
arrange a last minute super secret meeting with a man who
would refer to himself as Exalted Cyclops Edward, the same
man who had announced the Klan rally to the local media. He wasn’t shy about giving
his opinions on race. White man and a black
woman just rolled by on a four wheeler. What do you feel about that? That’s disgusting. ROCCO CASTORO: Yeah? EXALTED CYCLOPS EDWARD: Stick
with your own race. ROCCO CASTORO: So I imagine
you’re not so happy with our president? EXALTED CYCLOPS EDWARD: No. Not at all. Well, yeah, I’m very
happy with him. ROCCO CASTORO: Yeah? EXALTED CYCLOPS EDWARD: You
know, I’ve got to say he has made the Klan a lot stronger. That’s the only thing
good he’s done. I think this is going to be a
larger rally then they’ve seen here in Memphis. There’s so much media involved
with it, with the gang members and all of that, that they’re
concerned it’s gonna be a huge riot. ROCCO CASTORO: When you go to
the rally, what are you going to say to people? What is your– EXALTED CYCLOPS EDWARD: We’re
not here for the black race, for the Mexican race. We’re here because of
the changing of our parks, and that’s it. You won’t hear the
n-word coming out of anybody up there. You know, our Imperial Wizards
already told everyone coming, do not use the n-word. We’re here about our parks being
changed, and that’s it. We’re an organization that
tries to stand up for the white rights, and people are so scared to stand up together. And we’re trying to tell them,
come out, quit being worried about it. And let’s stand together
and take over, take back what is ours. -Come here. -Stay out of the frame. -Come here, come here. Come back. Come back. -Gotta go. ROCCO CASTORO: OK. See you, guys. So, I don’t know
what happened. I don’t know if they were
spooked by the four wheeler again, but something’s
going on. I think we should probably
get the fuck out of here. That’s what my spider
sense is telling me. What happened? -Uh, the guy on the
four wheeler. ROCCO CASTORO: Yeah? -Questioning one of
our guys up front. ROCCO CASTORO: OK. -And then three cops pulled in
and followed the guy on the four wheeler in, so we didn’t
know what was going on. ROCCO CASTORO: Oh, wow. -You know, he left, he come by
with a black girl on the back, they come back with a white
girl on the back. ROCCO CASTORO: Yep. -And I noticed he had a
police radio on the front of the four wheeler. ROCCO CASTORO: Oh, OK. SCOTT SHEPHERD: Let me tell you,
the hiding behind their mask, and the dog, and all this,
I mean, that’s just part of them trying to
put on a show. If they were who they would
say they were, they’re nonviolent, peaceful people, why
are they not right here in this park with their mask off,
talking to you today? At one time, I was a
white supremacist. I was a member of the Ku Klux
Klan, and I came to a point in my life where I just changed. And that’s where I am today. I’m a reformed racist, and
trying to end racism. Let me tell you, the Klan does
not care one thing about the name of these parks. They do not care. The only reason they’re here is
because they’re using it as a tool, and an excuse to come
here and cause trouble. I mean, they’re coming here to
protest the renaming of a park, and if you look at it,
they’re the reason that the park’s being renamed. ROCCO CASTORO: Have you been
threatened at all, leading up to this rally? SCOTT SHEPHERD: Yes. Yes. -So the little white knights
trying to call you. Are you just a crackhead who
can’t afford to pay your bill and it’ll just go to
your voicemail? The little white knights
will set you straight. You don’t like the rally? Tough shit. SCOTT SHEPHERD: I can
handle the threats. I know I’m doing the
right thing. I’m fighting for a cause that
is really important, so it’s really no concern. [MUSIC PLAYING] ROCCO CASTORO: The night before
the rally, I attended a Unitarian Church service that
was called by over a dozen local pastors who had rallied
their respective congregations to celebrate Memphis unity and
pray that the city would persevere, regardless of the
outcome of the Klan rally. MATT ANZIVINO: You know, when
we heard about the rally that’s taking place tomorrow
in the city, [INAUDIBLE], what do you do? And we felt prompted that we
should have a prayer rally. If there’s going to be a Klan
rally, then we’re going to have a prayer rally. Man, it can’t be fixed
politically. It can’t be fixed financially. It can’t be fixed
educationally. But when you face something as
big as what this city is facing tomorrow, we need
divine intervention. We division, we curse
prejudice. We curse the ancient ruins that
have tried to destroy a city, and we decree, and we
declare it here today– DANIEL MOORE: The Klan, what
they’re doing, they don’t represent Christianity. Certainly they don’t represent,
really, the vast majority of people. I wanted my friends and my
neighbors who would be hurt by what’s going on to know that
we’re not afraid to stand with Him, and say, we don’t agree
with it, and it’s wrong. ROCCO CASTORO: With concerns
do you have about what may happen tomorrow at the rally? DANIEL MOORE: I’m praying for
rain, and so I’m praying that it’ll be rained out. ROCCO CASTORO: The next morning,
it appeared that the church goers’ prayers
had been answered. A steady trickle of rain
fell from the gray sky. The Klan was there, as well
as counter protesters from various anti-fascist groups
from around the country. JUSTIN SLEDGE: The statue
dedicated to him remained at the park, and we raised the
demand that it should be taken down immediately. If there was a statute of
Adolf Hitler in central Berlin, it would come down. There’s no way that’s
possible. And this man is a symbol of
tyranny, murder, and lynching for the vast majority
of this city. ROCCO CASTORO: There were also
several hundred police officers from Memphis and
surrounding areas dressed in full riot gear. It was clear that this time,
unlike 1998, the cops weren’t going to let the public,
protesters, or Klan meet, or even within sight or earshot
of each other. [SHOUTING] -Hey, that motherfucker
work at Wal-Mart! -Stay out of Memphis! -Cops and the Klan work
hand in hand! ROCCO CASTORO: I was siphoned
into a media pigpen where the cops had cornered everyone
and stood around a lot. So we’re in the press
tent here. Can’t really get a clear shot. They’re not letting out second
photographer in. Total media blackout,
which is an interesting way to do things. For now, though, it’s just a
complete wash all around, literally and figuratively. -Members of the Klan gather
during a steady rain in downtown Memphis at the old
courthouse, their protest sparked by the recent
renaming of three Confederate themed parks. Their number, though, around
60, far outnumbered by [INAUDIBLE]. [SHOUTING] ROCCO CASTORO: So, what
are we doing here? -It’s a good day for
a cold shout. Let’s put it this way. Nobody in government here, city
of county, wanted these guys to have a huge success
on their hands. They’re honoring free speech,
but they’re not necessarily easing the way toward
this particular kind of free speech. Whatever statement they want to
make is not being made now. ROCCO CASTORO: DaJuan and the
Crips, on the other hand, were nowhere to be found. [PHONE RINGING] DAJUAN HORTON: I’m on
the way back now. I’m about five minutes
from my house. ROCCO CASTORO: Five
minutes away? DAJUAN HORTON: Yes, sir. Make that about six. I’m driving slow in the rain. ROCCO CASTORO: Rain was
always a threat. Now that it’s here? DAJUAN HORTON: I mean, it would
be nice to take a stand, but, what I’ve got going, I
think we can go with this, and we can not go to the rally,
because it’s raining. ROCCO CASTORO: And so
you’re not gonna go? DAJUAN HORTON: No,
I’m not gonna go? ROCCO CASTORO: Not going. DAJUAN HORTON: Like, my mother,
she was telling me that she had a bad feeling
about it, and it was just staying on her. And then it started raining, so
it’s like, if it rains, I guess it wasn’t meant for me
to go down there, you know? ROCCO CASTORO: Yeah. DAJUAN HORTON: I’m glad. And I’m sure that if I don’t go
down there, nobody’s gonna get hurt, hopefully. ROCCO CASTORO: And if it stops
raining, will you go? DAJUAN HORTON: Yes. I’m pretty sure they weren’t
sitting around for me, either. ROCCO CASTORO: Memphis kind of
shuts down when it rains, huh? DAJUAN HORTON: Yeah. ROCCO CASTORO: OK. Well, good luck. DAJUAN HORTON: Same to you. ROCCO CASTORO: And stay safe. DAJUAN HORTON: Thank you guys
for coming down here. ROCCO CASTORO: Yeah, yeah. DAJUAN HORTON: DUI. ROCCO CASTORO: DUI. After the rally, we traveled
back to Mississippi to the Imperial Wizard’s house. He had scheduled a cross
illumination ceremony, inviting all the rally’s
attendees, including skinheads and other white supremacists
who had attended the event. -Mississippi. Ku Klux Klan is like fried
chicken in Mississippi. It just goes hand in hand. You got fried chicken, and
you got the Ku Klux Klan. -Red is really not– and you know, in the Klans
of America, red used to be like a titan. My last rank before
becoming Imperial Wizard was a Grand Dragon. I had changed robes so
many times, I decided just to keep the red. It’s kind of like my
trademark, man. Everybody knows me by it. I go to a rally, and people will
be like, hey, that’s him right there. ROCCO CASTORO: And how
does it work, though? With like, how do you move
up through the ranks? -Just work, hard work, and
having a heart for it. Not everybody has
a heart for it. The people that’s out here
tonight, that drove for miles and miles and miles, they
have a heart for it. ROCCO CASTORO: Where
are you from? Where’d you come
in from today? -Baltimore, Maryland. ROCCO CASTORO: How
did you become involved with White Knights? -A couple months ago, my wife
got fired from Walmart. I believed it to be a racial
discrimination case, so I googled white right lawyers,
and you’ll come up empty handed. Nothing exists. All I could find was
the Ku Klux Klan. -Do we hate black people? No, we don’t hate
black people. Do we hate homosexuals? No, we’re against the sin. We’re against race
mixing, in a way. It’s not right against people,
we just want to save people, that’s all it is. We have a right to believe the
way we want to, just like they have a right to believe
the way they want to. -Klansman, do you accept
the light? -Klansman, I accept the life. -You know, we’ve had two
rallies back to back. Different groups, but
I mean, the presence is definitely here. I mean, I think a lot of people
are starting to realize that, uh-oh, they’re
coming back. -Gotta get that fire
back there in the– ROCCO CASTORO: Was this one of
the larger turnouts you’ve had for one of these
illuminations? -This is one of the
larger ones. I’ve been to bigger, but
this is pretty big. From different types
of groups. You had not just Klansmen
here tonight. ROCCO CASTORO: And were you
happy with today’s proceedings at the rally? -I was very happy with the way
everything went, because I do that all for that man. That was for Nathan
Bedford Forrest. -Klansmen, march! Klansmen, [INAUDIBLE]! -[INAUDIBLE]! -Klansmen, for Mississippi! -For Mississippi! -For Nathan Bedford Forrest! -For Nathan Bedford Forrest! -Klansmen of the Ku Klux Klan! -Of the Ku Klux Klan! -Klansmen, approach the cross. ROCCO CASTORO: Where do you see
things going for the Klan in the next 10 years? -Nothing but growth. I believe that when Barack Obama
was first elected to office, I believe people was
like, I don’t know what’s going to happen here. I’m gonna wait and see. Now people are really upset
about it, especially whites. I believe we’re really fed
up and tired of it. -Klansmen, salute the cross! -I just want to thank everybody
for coming down and supporting us in Memphis. I really appreciate it. I live in Memphis. I deal with them niggers
every day. Thank you all. -White power! -White power! -White power! -White power! -White power! -White power! -Let’s pray that today made a
difference in our lives, and Nathan Bedford Forrest, his
name will still stay. White power! -White power!

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