Hundreds turn out to speak against KKK at Albany rally

December 04, 2016 09:28 AM

ALBANY -- Hundreds of people in Albany railed against a planned KKK victory parade in North Carolina celebrating Donald Trump's election Saturday.

The Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia and supporters gathered for an afternoon rally around 2 pm to voice their opposition to the white supremacist group.

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“When you hear a presidential candidate, now, soon-to-be president making negative comments basically about every group possible, it gave the average individual the license to do that publicly as well and we're seeing that playing out,” said Fazana Saleem-Ismail, who is a member of the organization.

Saleem-Ismail is also a research scientist and in her spare time she travels the region educating people about Islam.

The mother of two said Trump's controversial campaign comments about Muslims and minorities inspired hate groups like the KKK, which don't represent America.

“The more people get to talk to people who are different from themselves, the more those barriers come down and the bridges get built,” Saleem-Ismail said.

“In this day and age to have that kind of hatred go on is ridiculous,” said Lynne Jackson, who is also a member of the Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia. “So we hope that...the people of Albany showed that we really care about each other,” she said.

The rally kicked off in Townsend park and was followed by a march downtown before ending in Dana park.

Protesters also denounced what federal officials call a recent rise in hate incidents targeting Muslims, minorities and other groups.

“We will say no to fascism, not to racism, no to sexism,” said attendee Eyad Alkurabi of the Hampton Institute.

For his part, Trump has condemned the KKK.

Protesters say he must do more.

“He basically just said stop it when told that people were doing...pulling hijabs off Muslim women and writing swastikas in playgrounds. He needs to take a stand,” said Saleem-Ismail. 

By the afternoon the KKK event became a caravan of vehicles with confederate and American flags driven by KKK members through Roxboro, North Carolina.


Hundreds also protested the KKK’s event elsewhere in North Carolina Saturday.


WNYT Staff

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