HATEWATCH: MAN DEFENDS FRONT YARD DISPLAY OF KKK AND CONFEDERATE FLAGS

OQUAWKA MAN DEFENDS KKK FLAG
Mother worries about his safety after news report.
By JOHN MANGALONZO

jmangalonzo@thehawkeye.com

OQUAWKA, Ill. — For Bruce Ruberg, it’s a white man’s burden.

Practicing his freedom of speech and expression, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, may raise a few eyebrows in Oquawka, but Ruberg proudly displays the Ku Klux Klan’s flag on his yard, right next to a Confederate flag.

Ruberg, whose nickname is Rebel, would not say whether he is a member of the secret society.

It’s been there for five years, maybe even longer.

“I believe in what the Ku Klux Klan is trying to do for the simple fact that you got the NAACP, you got Black History Month, you got Ms. Black America and black colleges, but a white man says one thing about Mexicans or blacks and you’re instantly a racist,” Ruberg said.

Not until an apparent complaint about the flag surfaced did Ruberg become the center of attention when a Quad Cities television news crew came knocking on his door. Soon, his face and views flooded the local airwaves.

Ruberg agrees it’s a tough argument, but noted that the Klan of the past does not compare to the Klan of the present, which he said campaigns and fights for border security.

“I’m not a racist per se,” he said. “I just believe America needs to wake up, and we need to start watching our borders. This is crazy what’s going on here, and our government is not doing anything about it.”

One controversial issue the unmarried man has is his disapproval of interracial marriages, not specifically about the union, but the offspring.

“It’s just my opinion. If a black and a white want to get together, I have nothing against that,” Ruberg said. “It’s when they have a child. They have to think about that because who’s going to suffer from that: the child. The whites don’t want them, and the blacks don’t want them.”

His mother, Bette Ruberg, who also lives in Oquawka, noted she does not agree with the flag but insists her son is not a racist and is known across town as a regular guy.

She complained that the TV report depicted her son as a heartless racist, spreading hate in the community.

She fears for his safety.

“My problem is there’s a lot of blacks in Burlington, in Monmouth (Ill.) and in Galesburg (Ill.), and they all watch Channel 8 news,” Bette Ruberg said Tuesday. “And the first night that was aired there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”

Different views

For many, KKK does not stand for the organization but a reminder of a dark and brutal past where blacks were tortured, hung, beaten and left for dead by white supremacists.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Klan has experienced a surprising and troubling resurgence due to the successful exploitation of hot-button issues, including immigration, gay marriage and urban crime.

Growing Klan chapters continue to be active in the South, and there are only two Great Plains states where the defamation league says there is an active — and growing — Klan membership: Nebraska and Iowa.

“The meaning of the flag is hurtful,” said Burlington NAACP president John Herring regarding Ruberg’s display. “It depicts violence and hate that is reprehensible.”

Herring noted, however, that like all Americans, Ruberg is provided such rights.

“Personally, I would like to see those who utilize their freedom to do it in a more responsible way,” Herring said.

Being in the NAACP and active in civil rights causes, Herring said fights for equal rights have been brutal. Seeing the flag brings back dark images of the past, he said.

“Even though it’s lawful, it may not be expedient,” Herring said. “We need to quit displaying the negative … the offensive.”

Larry Hartman said his friend has flown a flag in his yard for years, and it did not seem to bother people in town.

He described Rebel Ruberg as someone who volunteers at games, gives his time to causes in town and has friends from other races and creeds.

“The biggest complaint he has right now is that there’s a lot more for people to worry about than what he is flying in his yard,” Hartman said. “It’s something he believes in, and he said he’s not going to take it down.”

Hartman recalled a time or two when the flag was stolen. It was returned after the culprits were caught, and Ruberg did not press charges.

“That’s just the way he is,” said Wava Smith, a neighbor. “He’s like a rebel. It does not make any difference to me as long as it does not cause any trouble.”

Strong beliefs

Ruberg has been flying a KKK flag for more than 15 years. The more obvious one, the one that caused all the attention, was placed there five years ago. He said he got the flag from the Klan.

“If anybody’s curious about how I feel, come to my door and ask me and I’ll tell you,” Ruberg said Tuesday.

He addressed his beliefs on interracial children, who he said face humiliation, ridicule and sometimes violence.

But his primary concern is border security.

“The way I’m looking at it, sir, is that we are catering to these Mexicans, the illegal ones even,” he explained. “If you can’t speak English, why are you here?”

Whites have the burden of being politically correct, Rebel Ruberg said, and that is why he is letting his opinion be known. He said it’s not fair that other races can take pride in celebrating their ethnic backgrounds.

“If it’s a white man, nobody cares,” he said. “Somebody needs to speak up for the white people.”

He also takes issue with minorities, particularly African-Americans, pointing out their ancestors’ suffering.

“They got equal rights now, but like anybody else, you give a little bit and they want more,” Rebel Ruberg said.

For the man, the battle is now more a sense of preserving his right. He does not condone violence against other races, nor does he sympathize with those who do.

He is proud of being white, just like blacks are proud of their heritage.

All he asks is that others respect his beliefs, just as he respects those of others.

But as long as his KKK flag waves in Oquawka, his white man’s burden continues.

 
 
 
Matt Ryerson/The Hawk Eye

A Ku Klux Klan flag flaps in the wind along with a Confederate flag Tuesday in the yard of Oquawka, Ill., resident Rebel Ruberg.

 
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“I believe in what the Ku Klux Klan is trying to do for the simple fact that you got the NAACP, you got Black History Month, you got Ms. Black America and black colleges, but a white man says one thing about Mexicans or blacks and you’re instantly a racist,” Ruberg said.”
 
 
Depends on what you say.
 
Racist, inflammatory, words that disparage an entire group, or incite violence against a group, as well as pay homage to a flag that represents the Confederate state’s rights to perpetuate the “peculiar institution” and defend the destruction of Reconstruction, and the creation into law Jane Crow segregation, is right up their with hate speech.
 
Just because an American has the protection of the First Amendment, does not mean they have the right to spew forth invectives and malicious rhetoric. The First Amendment may protect racist vitriol, as it guarantees the right to speak freely, but, it does not protect one from making a complete racist ass of one’s self.
 
As for the  “I believe in what the Ku Klux Klan is trying to do……”
 
Anyone who believes in what the KKK is still trying to do in the 21ST Century has not only some serious racist issues going on, they also have some real psychological problems as well.
 
The KKK was a filthy, brutish group of anti-human monsters. Their shit stank then….and it still stinks, no matter how pretty and fancy they try to dress it up.
 
 
“One controversial issue the unmarried man has is his disapproval of interracial marriages, not specifically about the union, but the offspring.

“It’s just my opinion. If a black and a white want to get together, I have nothing against that,” Ruberg said. “It’s when they have a child. They have to think about that because who’s going to suffer from that: the child. The whites don’t want them, and the blacks don’t want them.”

 
 
True…the Whites (overwhelmingly) did not want them. It was good enough to procreate them into the world, but, not good enough to publicly acknowledge them to the world. Because of the rampant sexual defilement of thousands of Black women during Jane Crow segregation, many Whites walking around now have siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews they know nothing of. In present day America, many Whites still have antipathy towards Black people because the worship of whiteness, and denigration of blackness, is so deeply embedded into the psyches of Americans. The culture of America reinforces hatred of blackness and slavish worship of whiteness, so, latent, hidden racist beliefs certainly come to the fore where B/W hybrid children are concerned.
 
As for Blacks not wanting hybrids (the correct word to use, not bi-racial; first generation B/W bi-racials in 21ST Century America do not exist), it was a rare case where Blacks (overwhelmingly) spurned, abandoned, ignored and shunned hybrid children. The Black community was more likely to take in and care for a B/W hybrid more than White Daddy, White Grandpaw, White Uncle, etc. That caretaking of B/W children still pretty much still holds true, as often it is the Black Grandmother, aunt, etc., who is the primary caretaker of the children of B/W unions. Blacks of today would correctly be classified as multigenerational mixed-bloods since we cannot truly claim 100% black/African blood. Hell, we have lived in this country for over 450 years, so it is not possible for us to have remained pure black with all of the rape-mixing going on in America against her Black citizens.
 
As for Black colleges, they still exist because many Black students who attempt enrollment at predominantly White colleges face not having enough prerequisites/points to allow the entrance to many White colleges. Also, with many predominantly White colleges eradicating minority-based admissions, the need for Black colleges still holds.
 
And Black History Month.
 
If the so-called public school system of America was to include Black American’s history in textbooks the way they should, there would be no need for a Black History Month. But, America still shys away from her maltreatment of her Black citizens, so not much chance of Black Americans history being completely incorporated into elementary/junior high/senior high textbooks.
 
 
“My problem is there’s a lot of blacks in Burlington, in Monmouth (Ill.) and in Galesburg (Ill.), and they all watch Channel 8 news,” Bette Ruberg said Tuesday. “And the first night that was aired there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”
 
So, the people of Burlington have only one TV station in the whole town? Wow, that sucks. Where I live, we have at least 10 stations to choose from to get our various news sources. And where did she get the idea that all Black people in that town watch only Channel 8? Has she been conducting Gallup Polls on which TV station certain races watch? Has she been compiling Nielsen Ratings on whether it is Black men or Black women who watch Channel 8? What kind of fact-finding mission did she go on to back up that Black people watch Channel 8?
 
 
“And the first night that was aired there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”
 
“. . . .there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”
 
What?
 
Just four Black guys? Must not be very many Black guys in that town? Must be that the rest of the Black guys are out trying to bring the services of some more TV stations to Burlington, instead of wasting their time on the likes of Rabid, er, excuse me, Rebel.
 
 
“Whites have the burden of being politically correct, Rebel Ruberg said, and that is why he is letting his opinion be known. He said it’s not fair that other races can take pride in celebrating their ethnic backgrounds.”
 
Nooo.
 
Whites have the burden, like everyone else, to face up to this country’s racist past. It is a sordid and sickening history, and acknowledging and facing up to that brutal past is the first step.
 
As for other races “taking pride in celebrating their ethnic backgrounds”, I do not see how any sane, rational human being can consider lynching, burning, torturing, raping, impregnating by force/coercion, enslaving, beating to death, segregating, starving, stereotyping, debasing, degrading another group of people because of their skin color can be considered something to be proud of, and that is what the Klan has always stood for. And still does.
 
There is nothing wrong with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Festival of San Fermin (in and outside of America), Knights of Columbus, Oktoberfest, etc.. But, there is something psychologically wrong with a human who celebrates a flag and history that legally sanctioned and condoned the vicious annihilation of Black people.
 
 
“If it’s a white man, nobody cares,” he said. “Somebody needs to speak up for the white people.”
 
There are people who care. People do care for those who speak, walk, and live right. People do care for those who do not break the laws of the U.S. Constitution nor the Commandments of God’s law. No one has time for those who do not.
 
 
“He also takes issue with minorities, particularly African-Americans, pointing out their ancestors’ suffering.”
 
 
Of course he takes issue with Blacks. They, including Native Americans, have suffered through some sick sadistic shit in this country at the hands of White people. Filth, perversions, and abominations that would turn ones stomach. Those which have been wronged the most invoke the most fear in those who know their group has done the most horrific wrongs to that group, and that is why Black citizens to this day are hated so much by people like Ruberg. The legacy of slavery and segregation is still with us in unequal housing, disparity of the law, malignant myths and stereotypes, and wealth and wage gaps that continue to persist.
 
 
“They got equal rights now, but like anybody else, you give a little bit and they want more,” Rebel Ruberg said.

 

And that is all that Blacks have received in America…..”a little bit”:  scraps, crumbs, mollification, nullification, pacification.
 
Blackness has been stuffed into a never-ending vise of negativeness, while whiteness has been uplifted onto the pedestal of virtue and refinement, even with all that it has done in the name of race hatred. So, no, Black citizens want and desire what any citizen should have—-to be treated as equals, as citizens. Nothing more, nothing less.
 
 
“For the man, the battle is now more a sense of preserving his right. He does not condone violence against other races, nor does he sympathize with those who do.
 
 
He “does not condone violence against other races”, but he shows his respect and devotion to a group that has a bloodthirsty history of violence and destruction against Black citizens.
 
No way can anyone sympathize with such a man of such a morally bankrupt mentality.
 
 
“But as long as his KKK flag waves in Oquawka, his white man’s burden continues.
 
 
Want to get rid of that “white man’s burden”?
 
Stop condoning and supporting racist hate.
 
Then maybe you can relieve yourself of some of the burden of being the racist hater that you are.
 
Free speech?
 
Free speech is fine.
 
But that does not include the hatred and demonizing of other groups nor the mentally incapacited adoration of the worst racist organizaton that exists in America.
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3 responses to “HATEWATCH: MAN DEFENDS FRONT YARD DISPLAY OF KKK AND CONFEDERATE FLAGS

  1. brandon

    MODERATOR:

    This comment was deleted due to racist pejorative terms, profanity, misspelled racist terms, and for the use of dangling participles and misuse of present tense verbs.

    And for exhibiting self hatred.

  2. I agree with this man 100 percent we need to defend our beliefs.

  3. Proud!!!!

    Ok, so you tell me why a white man can only hate another man, if he is white, otherwise it’s racist??? I am proud to be and I stand up for the white man, we are slowly becoming the minority, someone has to stand up!! What is this country coming to? I know my heritage and I am proud of what some of my family has done for the white race!! Now days you the BET (black entertainment television) if we had a WET channel it would be racist, if we had a all white school, it would be racist. I agree with Ruberg 100%. Keep them both flying high and be proud to be white!!

    MODERATOR: Your statement on the so-called WET is nothing more than a strawman and ad hominem attack, and a fallacious analogy. I suggest you read my Comment Policy ( https://kathmanduk2.wordpress.com/comment-moderation-policy/ ) when leaving comments.

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