Two dozen members of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan held a downtown rally in this usually quiet dairy community to show support for college students who threw a party that was criticized for being racist.
Three people were arrested Saturday after a scuffle broke out with counter-protesters near the end of the 90-minute rally, but no other violence was reported. The event drew about 500 bystanders who booed and held anti-hate signs.
The group chose the small town for the rally in response to a controversy two months ago at a local college. Tarleton State students held an off-campus party on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and ate fried chicken, drank malt liquor from bottles wrapped in brown paper bags and dressed as Aunt Jemima and other black stereotypes.
The school later chastised them and held a student forum to discuss race relations and a unity rally. At least one student shown in party photos posted on the Internet later apologized.