Monday, January 21, 2008
An Estimated 50 White Nationalists Show Up For Jena Justice Day Rally In Jena, Louisiana, Organized By Richard Barrett And The Nationalist Movement
As many as 50 white nationalists showed up to participate in the Jena Justice Day activities organized by Richard Barrett and the Nationalist Movement. Estimates range from 30-50 participants; I'm using the Associated Press number. The most comprehensive story has been published by the Alexandria (LA) Town Talk. Another comprehensive account has been posted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Additional coverage by the Shreveport Times, and by WDSU Channel 6 New Orleans and by MSNBC. Discussion threads on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum. This post is intended to be a shorter synopsis of the event.
Click HERE to review previous posts about Jena Justice Day on this blog.
Click HERE to access newly-available raw video of the rally (Quicktime format).
The Nationalist Movement cited two reasons for coming to Jena on Martin Luther King Day to hold their "Jena Justice Day" rally; first, to protest the celebration of the slain civil rights leader and second, to protest the sanitization and glamorization of the black "Jena Six" thugs. The Nationalists and their supporters began forming up near the Jena courthouse as early as 9:30 a.m., outnumbered by the number of media and law enforcement. Among those who had assembled were three young men and a young woman who had come from West Monroe with a Confederate flag bearing the message "White Power/Ku Klux Klan." The young man carrying the flag, who identified himself as Michael Brown, said, "We're here just supporting our white brothers. We're proud to be white."
Also coming to Jena was Phillip Hampton of Tuscaloosa, Ala., who said he was a member of the National Knights, which he said was the oldest Ku Klux Klan group in the nation. "This is a hate crime against whites," Hampton said when asked why he had come to Jena. "There's no justice for the white man anymore." It should be noted, though, that questions about the integrity and veracity of the National Knights have been raised within the white nationalist community, most notably by the American National Socialist Workers Party's (ANSWP) Kentucky State leader Michael Burks; his objections are discussed HERE.
Another person who had come to the area around the LaSalle Parish Courthouse was Dennis Kees, a New Orleans resident who said he has been living in Jena for the past eight months. Kees brought with him his chihuahua, Brown, whom he had leashed with a noose.
By 11 A.M., approximately 100 counter-protesters arrived at the courthouse, shouting "No more nooses! We want justice!" as law enforcement tried to route them to behind the courthouse. As the counter-protesters attempted to march toward the front of the courthouse, they were met by a line of law enforcement who physically tried to hold them back. At the same time, supporters of the Nationalists, whose numbers had swelled to around 50, waved their Confederate flags in the direction of the marchers.
The Nationalists began their "Jena Justice Day" march shortly before noon, going up First Street, going left on U.S. Highway 84, going a block and then left onto Second Street. They then headed back to the courthouse before marching to Jena High School and back. Counter-protesters were following the Nationalists, only about 40 feet behind, and both sides were exchanging barbs. But LaSalle Parish Sheriff-elect Scott Franklin asked the counter-protesters to back off, and they did. While the counter-protesters were following the Nationalists, there were some heated exchanges.
The Nationalists shouted, "No to King! No the Jena Six!"
Counter-protesters responded "Down with the Klan!" to which Nationalist spokesman Richard Barrett said "Up with America!"
The Nationalists also shouted, "The streets belong to us, not MLK!"
As the Nationalists, whose numbers may have dwindled to 30 at this point, returned to the courthouse at 12:45 P.M., they were met by a group of eight member of the New Black Panther Party who had formed a line on the walkways in front of the courthouse to meet the parade participants. Law enforcement then assembled between the two groups, trying to force the Black Panthers to the back of the courthouse. Pushing and shoving then ensued, after which one of the Black Panthers, later identified as 42-year-old William Winchester Jr. of New Orleans, reportedly chimped out and assaulted a state trooper. After he was arrested, the remainder dispersed. Winchester was booked into LaSalle Parish Detention Center on the charges of battery of a police officer and resisting arrest.
The scheduled activities broke up shortly before 2:30 P.M. after the Nationalist Movement members finished their speeches. They asked for members of the public to speak, and two people made brief statements. The Nationalists then began leaving. As of 3:30 P.M. Central time, normalcy had returned to Jena.
The Nationalists also solicited signatures on a petition to abolish the Jena Interracial committee, formed amid the controversy surrounding the Jena Six arrests. About a dozen people signed, only one listing Jena as a residence. "I don't know what we'll do with it," said Nationalist spokesman Richard Barrett. "We'll post it on our website and may try to present it to the mayor."
One of the side issues was whether or not Nationalists would be armed. Earlier in the morning, six men who said they support the Nationalists-- two of whom said they were armed -- began heading toward the courthouse minutes before the Black Panthers were scheduled to march. David Dupre of Tioga and his son, David Dupre Jr., said they came to Jena armed for their personal protection. The two men each brought a .357 Magnum handgun, a .22-caliber revolver and a sawed-off shotgun that they called a "street sweeper" because when fired it could take out 10 people.
"We're tired of these [niggers] getting away with whatever they want," Dupre Jr. said when asked why he came to Jena.
The two men, each wearing a holstered gun on his hip, were confronted by law enforcement and told they needed to leave the shotguns in their vehicle, which they did. They also were told they could not march with the guns. The Dupres said not being able to march with their guns was "unfair" and violated their constitutional rights.
No word on whether or not Jena Six victim Justin Barker or any members of his immediate family showed up for the rally.
Commentary: Obviously, when Richard Barrett says he intends to hold a rally, he delivers. Barrett has a successful history of such activism. He also avoids some of the hysterical huckster tactics frequently used by Hal Turner.
The fact that only 50 showed up should not be discouraging. So many whites have been psychologically deracinated through massive doses of diversity and multiculturalism propaganda that 50 attendees should be considered a victory. Most whites would rather be considered child molesters than racists. And look at all the publicity generated - even some of the national media are picking up the story.
A big hat tip to Richard Barrett for a successful event.