COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is urging state citizens to keep away from the State House on Saturday as the Ku Klux Klan holds a rally after the Confederate flag was removed.
In a statement, Haley said that the state's grace and strength following the racially-charged shooting of nine African-American parishioners in Charleston have inspired the world, but that the Klan's rally is a distraction from that.
"Our family hopes the people of South Carolina will join us in staying away from the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create over the weekend and instead focus on what brings us together," Haley said. "We want to make the State House a lonely place for them. In doing so, we'll honor those we have lost and continue to make our state stronger."
Several rallies are scheduled between 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.