As the November 10th date for the proposed National Socialist Movement rally in Charlotte, NC approaches, Charlotte-area media are picking up the story. WSOC Channel 9 reports that a Latino-supremacist group called the Latin American Coalition plans to stage a counter-protest. Jess George, a spokesman for the Coalition, says they'll wear clown masks to show how absurd the demonstration is. Creative Loafing says some people associated with the Occupy movement will also be there. Of course, it is normal for antis to wear masks while the NSM activists keep their faces uncovered; it shows who has the real courage.
Lacey Williams, another organizer for the Latin American Coalition, is shooting for as many as 100 counter-protestors, and says they can’t let folks like the NSM come to town without addressing it. “Groups like these are fringe groups,” she said. “If we hit them back seriously, it gives them more credence. Groups who have ideologies like they have, there are fringe people who subscribe to that but they don’t have a space in true civic discourse. What we have to be able to do is show these people for what they are. They are clowns and they make a mockery of civic discourse. They have no place in civilized society. Groups that uphold white supremacy as a core part of who they are, they are outdated. They were wrong back then and they are wrong now.”
In other words, Lacey Williams thinks only people who think like her have "a space in true civic discourse". Her understanding of and regard for the First Amendment leave much to be desired. If people like her come to power, Whites will definitely be second-class citizens.
The Charlotte Observer reports that NSM organizer SS SSgt. Frederick Cook of Gastonia said that up to 40 NSM members and supporters will assemble in their all-black battle dress uniforms and plan to march from the government center to the Old City Hall across from the police station starting around 3 p.m. Saturday. One of the attendees will be NSM Arizona Leader Harry Hughes. Cook also told WSOC that they're protesting illegal immigrants and the poor economy, saying "Right now Charlotte's most growing population is the Latino population, and the illegal immigrants are greatly contributing to that." A media “meet-and-greet” and private party for supporters will follow the rally.
By the way, the 41-page NSM Magazine Summer/Fall 2012 edition is now available online. A quick look through it indicates it's worth the read.
WSOC is running a poll on their main page asking the question, "Do you think the National Socialist Movement should be allowed to march?" I don't give a rat's ass what you think about the NSM -- spam that freaking poll and vote Yes. It's a propaganda war, but it is yet another way for us to marshal and manifest our strength. As of this post, 65 percent of respondents have voted Yes. I also notice that WSOC has posted a hot link to the NSM site; I commend them for trying to appear fair and balanced.
Preliminary Public Reaction: There's a three-page thread on City-Data if anyone's interested. As of this post, 82 comments have been appended to the Observer story. Screening out the obvious anti-racist troll comments, here are some thoughtful comments from both sides (after the jump):
John Jeff Addy • 8 hours ago:
Who cares if their ancestors came here legally or not. If you are born here you are a citizen. There are millions of people who are white who are natives. The dumbest part about this group is that they are mixing race with immigration. If they have a problem with immigration policy, they need to form a group for immigration policy reform/enforcement. If they cloud the issue with their other racist agenda, they are only assuring that fair immigration reform/enforcement will be that much harder to achieve because a lot of people (rightly) believe that they will be treated differently based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or nationality.
John NC_Aggie • 7 hours ago:
I was born on the land I am a native american. Whether some or all of my ancestors are indigenous is another matter, Unfortunately the terms are used interchangeably (including by the government) even though they are not the same thing.
I have a human right to live on the land where I was born (I am a native of that land) regardless of indigenous status (where some or all of my ancestors set a precedent of inhabiting the land).
hopeandprogress • 10 hours ago:
If Bill James, Robert Pittenger, and Sue Myrick showed and supported the Nazis, would they be given a free pass by the Observer, like the the local Democratic politicians who showed up to support the Farrakhan hate cult? [Ed. Note: Local politicos Vilma Leake, Harold Cogdill, Lawanna Mayfield and Kim Ratliff recently showed up to a Farrakhan rally in the same location and were not condemned.]
amberg1 Tom Kerr • 7 hours ago:
Since the whites are being replaced as the racial majority (scary!!) and our Pres is not totally white (some say he is black, not even biracial), does it mean someone other than him will be masterminding the genocides and ethnic cleansing??? Or will it be the whites that will be sent to the concentration camps? lol