With Permit in the Air, Rival KKK Groups Take Aim at Each Other

With Permit in the Air, Rival KKK Groups Take Aim at Each Other

Ku Klux Klan members could find out as early as Tuesday if a permit for a planned March 30th rally will be granted by the City of Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Ku Klux Klan members could find out as early as Tuesday if a permit for a planned March 30th rally will be granted by the City of Memphis.

As they wait, a war of words, not among city leaders and the Klan, rather between two rival Klan groups. The two are accusing each other of being fake.

"The people of Memphis do not need to have wool pulled over their heads anymore," said Bradley Jenkins.

Jenkins says he's from Alabama, and the Imperial Wizard of the United Klan of America.

"Don't be fooled, they're fooling the media...everybody these folks say they're the Klan. They're not the Klan," Jenkins said.

Jenkins is teaming up with a local gang to protest the March 30th rally by the Loyal White Knights of Memphis.

"This guy has been known throughout the movement for years, this is basically what he does, he's a fake, he's an instigator, and he gets ill when he sees the Klan actually doing the right thing," said Chris Barker, the Imperial Wizard of the Knights.

"We work in an alliance with all different Klans, and there ain't no Klan, no traditional Klan, that will actually mess with this guy," Barker added.

Barker says plans are well underway for the planned rally. Reached by phone on Monday night, Barker says he expected to hear from the city about the permit by Monday. He said he called Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, but couldn't reach him.

Tamra Crowder, an Olive Branch mom, filed the permit on behalf of the Knights on February 14th.

"They told us it was only ten days," Barker said. "Every town I ever marched through, we all.. it has been ten days."

A city official said a ruling on the permit could be made public by Thursday.
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