About 200 militia members, identified as the “Not F#@king Around Clan” (NFAC), marched through Stone Mountain Park. Video footage from the scene on social media shows black-clad protesters marching peacefully through the park. According to a statement on its website, the National Federation of Black Men says: “Stone Mountain is history.”
One video clip shows an unidentified leader of the protesters shouting, “White supremacists have historically used Stone Mountain as a gathering place for their own. The NFAC chief explains why several videos show militia members moving toward Steinberg. An unidentified leader of the July 4 march gets down on one knee and speaks over a loudspeaker, shouting at the group.
Grand Master Jay told Newsweek that Rashard Brooks, who was killed by police outside the Wendy’s Atlanta home last month, had asked that the NFAC provide him with a “downtown rally” that would begin at the site of his brother’s death. Stone Mountain, which reopened last week after a week-long closure due to a coronavirus, faces renewed calls to reopen.
Floyd’s murder has helped revive the long-simmering conflict between groups seeking to remove Confederate statues and sculptures that they view as pro-slavery symbols and those who believe they honor the traditions and history of the Deep South. It features a statue of Jefferson Davis, who was president of 11 states of the Confederacy and the son of General Thomas Jefferson, the founder of slavery.
Hundreds of armed black citizens have marched through the fortress in recent years to protest the removal of Confederate statues and monuments. In the mountains, a hate group founded by Confederate Army veterans with a history of lynching and terror against blacks held a reincarnation ceremony with burning crosses in 1915.
Black lives Matter (BLM) protests in the US and elsewhere have seen similar calls for direct action to remove Confederate statues and monuments in cities across the country and elsewhere. In August, protesters, estimated by local police to number more than 200, gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to demand the removal of the massive stones.
Newsweek reported that the Black Militia NFAC, marched to “challenge white nationalist groups in the area to come out and fight and join them in demonstrating against the government,” and asked them to either “come out, fight for themselves or join them” to demonstrate against the government.
Black militiamen demanded the removal of the Confederate monument carved in Stone Mountain, GA. The rock face, which depicts Confederate General Robert E. Davis and stretches the length of a football field, has been a rallying point for white supremacists for decades. In 1915, the United Daughters of the Confederacy gathered and commissioned sculptor Gutzon Borglum to design a “Confederate monument,” the Associated Press reported.
The Ku Klux Klan burned crosses to show its support for the Confederate flag and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Davis, the New York Times reported.
The Klansmen and other white supremacists still gather around the monument many times on July 4, even though the nearby town of Stone Mountain is nearly 80 percent black. In 2016, Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with a white militia called the National Front for the Liberation of Black America (NFAC) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), leading to skirmishes and several arrests, Reuters reported. On July 4, 2017, the coalition of nationalists marched to the site of the nationalist event, called “The Rock of Stone Mountain,” to protest against one of the country’s largest Confederate monuments, according to Reuters.
Wearing black shirts, black trousers and black hats, they were seen marching down the street and into the park in two columns.
One clip shows what appears to be an NFAC leader directing them onto the street, and another video shows the group stopping in a street while an unknown man challenges the militia over a loudspeaker. The demonstrators asked the group of “white militias” not to appear, but the video showed them walking out of the park in a group of about 20 people, while unknown men shouted against them over loudspeakers.
Newsweek reports that the National Front coalition marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in response to the white supremacist rally. There have been numerous threats that white supremacist groups will attack black people. Black people, many of them black, marched to challenge white nationalist groups in the area, to fight for themselves and to join them in demonstrating against the government.
The Associated Press reports that in 1915, the United Daughters of the Confederacy got together and hired sculptor Gutzon Borglum to design a Confederate monument. The black militia was called the National Front to remove Confederate monuments etched in Stone Mountain, GA, which were littered with Confederate statues.