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Protester Dress Like Clowns At Charlotte White Superiority Hate Rally
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say no one was arrested during a loud – and very colorful – Triple-K rally and counter-protest in uptown Charlotte Saturday afternoon.
Members of the National Socialist Movement joined the Triple-K for an anti-immigration rally at Old City Hall on West Trade Street, but the counter-protesters outnumbered them at least five to one.
Instead of shouting, the protesters used squeaky toys, whistles, and noisemakers to drown out the amplified speeches. Many dressed as clowns.
When the speakers talked about “White Power,” the protesters sprinkled white flour. Another held a sign reading “Wife Power.”
They said they wanted to make a point that racism is ridiculous.
“The message from us is, you look silly,” said Lacey Williams, the youth coordinator for Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition. “We’re dressed like clowns and you’re the ones that look funny.”
That’s an interesting way to combat bigotry.
Protestor Tom Strini donned his red nose and rainbow wig to take an opposing point of view.
“Instead of meeting hate with hate, they were going to meet hate with love,” said Strini of the protestors.
“I think it’s really important to have a sense of humor,” added Williams. “What they want is for us to fight them. They want us to hit them with hate. We can’t become them.”
Good ol’ fashioned non-violent protest, Martin would be proud.
Could you have joked and laughed while the triple-K clique was spewing hatred next to you??
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