KKK Group Hit With Counter-Protest

Published On: Jan 13 2012 03:59:41 AM PST   Updated On: Jan 13 2012 04:10:30 AM PST

An effort to protest a speaker about Martin Luther King, Jr. was thwarted Friday by a group of counter-protesters in Coeur d'Alene.

Self-proclaimed members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were out in front of North Idaho College Friday, waving signs and shouting "white power" at cars. They were opposing a presentation for Coeur d'Alene 5th graders about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We feel that it is irrelevant in a community such as North Idaho," said KKK member Shaun Wankler. "We really don't believe Martin Luther King and his works have any relevance here whatsoever."

But, others in the community disagree. Rachel Dolezal happened to be on campus and saw the protest. She immediately knew she had to present the opposing view.

"I said, you know, enough is enough," related Dolezal. "I went home, got my African-American flag, made a sign 'Malcom X Is My Hero' on the back of one of my art prints that I had done and came down here."

Dolezal expected to stand alone on that busy street corner. But, soon, she was joined by others and their counter-proposal doubled the KKK group across the street. Soon, the KKK members packed up into their pick-up truck and drove away.