It only took about 10 minutes for white protesters to shut down a Ku Klux Klan picnic dubbed the “Ku Klux Kookout” in front of Indiana law enforcement officers.
No one was arrested or injured at the event Saturday in Madison near the Ohio River banks, even though protesters got into a shouting match with KKK members in front of both Indiana State Police and the Madison Police Department, WSAW-TV reported.
Instead, the verbal dispute quickly lost steam shortly after the first small motorcade of KKK members arrived around 1:30 p.m.
“The ‘honorable sacred knights’ of the KKK showed up here at the park and were chased out within minutes because hate has no place here in Madison, Indiana,” Mike Gamms, one of the protesters told Fox 8.
Gamms, who described himself to Fox as an anti-fascist, dressed up as Spider-Man at the event.
“If they do this event again, I bet Spider-Man and his amazing friends will be here again,” he said.
Protesters included members of local churches.
One of them, Evelyn Wheeler, told Fox she wanted “to bless the area for ordinary life, take away the hostility, take away the anger,” and “take away the fear.”