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  • -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