Documentary Covers Astonishing KKK Rally in Memphis

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Documentary Covers Astonishing KKK Rally in Memphis

A new Vice documentary called "Triple Hate" covers a KKK rally against the renaming of confederate parks in Memphis, Tennessee, by the city council.

Published May 24, 2013

In February, the Memphis city council decided to rename Confederate parks in the city in an effort to right some wrongs of a racist past that plagued the lives of African-Americans. That move sparked backlash from a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, whcih decided to rally against the name change because they felt it erased their heritage.

A new VICE documentary called Triple Hate takes a look at the controversy surrounding the renaming of confederate parks. The trailer for the film shows Memphis' Ku Klux Klan members organizing their rally with plans to invite members from around the country to join them in their effort. 

The KKK's rally also inspired members of rival gangs to come together to protest the KKK.

"Following the announcement of the planned rally, 20-year-old DaJuan Horton posted a video online in which he states that he’s organizing a consortium of local gangs — some rivals — to unify and show their discontent on the day of the rally," wrote Rocco Castoro, the director of the documentary.

Back in February, the Memphis city council urgently voted to change the name of Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park, as well as two others after Nashville lawmakers introduced the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013 that would intervene the changes, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Forrest Park was named for Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. It is a proud symbol of the past for those who see him as a Civil War hero. African-Americans, who make up 63 percent of the city's population, see him as the opposite. 

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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