Free Speech? Man Wears KKK Outfit To Protest Street Violence

by Danielle Pointdujour

Free Speech?  Man Wears KKK Outfit To Protest Street Violence

In this day and age we expect to hear and see many things, but one thing Philadelphia residents didn’t expect to see when they walked down the street recently was a man wearing a KKK uniform. Thirty-five year old Sixx King wore the offensive uniform on the streets of Philly to highlight what he feels is a serious issue in the city, black on black crime.

King feels that his protest will bring to the forefront his belief that African-Americans have killed more of their own people than the KKK and hopes to shed light on “black hypocrisy, complacency and apathy in the African-American community.” Many residents were disgusted by King’s method of protest calling it nonsense and even going as far as saying he should be placed in jail. The main issue many seemed to have with King’s protest, outside of the clearly offensive wardrobe choice, is that his message was being broadcast in an area that doesn’t suffer from black on black crime. King was protesting Downtown Philadelphia, an area where the majority of the residents are white, so how exactly is he targeting African-Americans with his message?

While I don’t agree with his method and I’m not going to side with his facts, I can agree with King that black on black crimes in urban communities are astronomical. We are killing each other off daily for multiple reasons, some tracing back to the oppression we suffered during and after slavery, some just plain old evil and ignorance. Either way I think the validity in King’s message is getting lost simply because the focus is more on the KKK uniform than the message itself.

What do you think about King’s protest method? Do you agree with his beliefs?

  • M.

    Love it! Maybe it’s time for more “shock tactics” to bring attention to the craziness going down in our community. As someone who lived in Philly for a long time, depending on the time of day, there actually are quite a few black folks around: as per our lovely economically stratified country, they tend to be clustered n the service industry traveling back and forth from work to home.

    I mean if he were pulling this stunt in the hood, I’m sure one of our folks would make the situation an example of exactly what he Protestant about! He wouldn’t have even gotten the media attention. It would’ve been just another black on crime. *sigh*.

    Nobody said the truth was pretty. It’s ugly and terrible, but it’s still true. Why are we more offended about a black person in a kkk uniform stating a FACT than the fact that other black folks are slaughtering black men,women and children every day? When will we start getting offended about THAT?

    We haven’t been getting up in arms about black on black crime, and it is literally, killing us as a community.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    IMO : hip hop, controlled by white people, told us to glorify “thug life” and now we are living the results.

  • J. Nicole

    Could he have gotten his point across with a picture of the KKK? Yes. Would it have gained media attention? I doubt it. We live in a culture now that just about everyone feels the need to do something “shocking” to stand out.

  • myblackfriendsays

    Of course it’s free speech. I’m going to assume that was a rhetorical question (that I answered anyway ;)

    You’ll notice he’s wearing gloves. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a black guy. As far as I’m concerned, whatever it takes for people to wake up.

  • Tonton Michel

    I would applaud him of he did this I’m the trouble community that needs to hear this but he didn’t so I question his intent and resolve.

  • lex

    i saw this before, and yes, the person under the hood is a black man. he is pointing out the harsh reality that many black american deaths are caused at the hands of you guessed right black americans. its going to take more than a man under a white hood with a sign, for change to come into fruition. i applaud his bold effort

  • The Other Jess

    i think it’s a great idea. look at how much attention trayvon martin got compared to the hundreds of black youth killed daily by other black people. why do we get so upset when someone white kills us, but could care less when the lynchers of black people are other black people? maybe a shock tactic is what it will take to get the point across. great idea!

    but he’d better watch out. i hope he doesn’t get a beat down by somebody thinking he’s a real klansmen.

    LOL :-)

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