On Saturday December 3rd, several different groups coordinated to protest a KKK march meant to honor their #1 bigot that seems to have won the presidential election. What happened as a result of them joining forces to stand against bigotry is amazing.
Zoe Litaker of Scalawag Magazine reports, a march was organized by various groups, including Industrial Workers of the world and SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice), to protest the KKK’s “victory march” in honor of Donald Trump. The intention of the anti-Klan marchers was to directly confront the Klan and deny them access to their intended parade route. By 1 p.m. the group of over 100 protestors had already marched in Pelham, North Carolina and driven from Pelham to Danville, Virginia and back searching for the KKK victory march. The KKK was nowhere to be found. Toward the end of the march, the protestor pictured here yelled to the media, “We shut it down!”
They did exactly that! The Klan fled to Roxboro, North Carolina, about 40 miles away, where they drove about 30 vehicles through town shouting ‘White power’ to whomever might be within listening range. Their 30 vehicles is a poor showing considering the numerous anti-KKK rallies throughout the state on the same day. The largest of these being in Raleigh.
Photographed below are some of the brave marchers who sought to confront the Klan directly. While they were denied a confrontation, they did scare away the bigots.
Protestors raised fists in the air as symbols of protest and solidarity as they marched through the streets of Danville, Virginia.
Krista Mounts said the Klan has marched plenty of times in this area, but that she never came down to protest before. She said she was inspired to come out and protest on this Saturday because “this time the KKK is marching in honor of Trump.”
As protestors in Danville walked with their fists raised in solidarity, people came out of their homes to look, watch, laugh, and raise their own fists.
A protestor stands with her baseball bat on Main Street, downtown Danville, Virginia, while cop cars sit behind her. Throughout the march through Danville the police followed behind, from the sides, and often in front of the protestors. Chants of, “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” were aimed at the police. Whenever there seemed to be an increasing number of police cars you could hear cries of, “Pull close!” and, “Who protects us? We protect us!”
Looking back up the hill on Main St. in Danville, three police cars sit under Christmas decorations. At least eight more sheriff and cop cars waited on nearby streets as the protestors disbanded.
Members of different media organizations hanging out on the hill, trying to get good photos of the anti-KKK protesters.
This march is a great example of what people can do if they work together for peace. If we stand together against groups like the KKK, then we can win. If we do not stand together, then we will have Trump’s supporters marching through more towns spewing their bigoted hate speech.
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)