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Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi said they're heading to Douglas County this weekend. It's to protest a judge's prison sentence for two people there this week.

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Kayla Norton and Jose Torres will each serve several years in prison for disrupting a black child's birthday party in 2015. They made armed threats, said racial slurs and waved the Confederate battle flag.

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State Rep. Tommy Benton (R–Jefferson) on Monday removed himself as the sponsor of bills meant to protect the carvings of Confederate heroes on Stone Mountain and bring prominence to Confederate holidays.

In a simultaneous statement, House Speaker David Ralston (R–Blue Ridge) condemned comments the representative made last week to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Ku Klux Klan wasn’t racist and that they “kept law and order.”

Benton also compared people seeking to remove the carvings of Confederate heroes on Stone Mountain to the terrorist group ISIS.

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