Tenn. police are looking for man accused of attacking interracial couple at pub after Sat "White Lives Matter" rally https://t.co/Rr3dwiiF0y
— Allegra Kirkland (@allegrakirkland) October 30, 2017
Kudos to Blake Montgomery, at Buzzfeed — “Here’s A Play By Play With What Happened With Those White Nationalists In Tennessee”:
White nationalists said they gathered in rural Tennessee Saturday to raise awareness about refugee resettlement and a shooting at a church. But they were also there, by their own admission, to rehabilitate their image. They never made it to the church.
The Nationalist Front — an alliance of white nationalist groups including the KKK-affiliated Traditionalist Worker Party, Vanguard America, the neo-Confederate League of the South, and the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement — converged on rural Tennessee for three events throughout the day: a rally in Shelbyville, about 60 miles outside Nashville, a separate rally in Murfreesboro, and a vigil at a church in Antioch. Local news had also reported that police at Middle Tennessee State University warned students of a possible torchlit rally Friday night, but that did not materialize.
The same groups came together with others for the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August. During that rally a man who marched with Vanguard America allegedly killed an anti-racist protester with his car and injured 19 others.
In the end, the Murfreesboro rally was replaced with a private picnic, and the vigil never happened.
Brad Griffin, who blogs under the name Hunter Wallace for the white nationalist site Occidental Dissent and helped organize the rally as a member League of the South, told BuzzFeed News that the Nationalist Front had “accomplished everything it set out to do” and that the Shelbyville rally “went great.” He traveled from Montgomery, Alabama, to attend…
About 100 white nationalists — and roughly 200 counterprotesters — gathered in downtown Shelbyville on Saturday morning. Police kept the two sides on opposite sidewalks with metal barricades. Police banned protesters from bringing a laundry list of items, but several white nationalists were allowed in with shields and helmets. Some gave Nazi salutes throughout the event.
Each side spent most of the event trying to shout the other down. Several white nationalist leaders spoke on a range of topics, among them the “degeneracy” of the other side, the promise of a white ethnostate, the perils of globalism to white workers, and their vision for a health care plan…
Around 1 p.m., the Nationalist Front left, and protesters dispersed soon after. The white nationalists planned to hold a second rally in Murfreesboro.
The city of Murfreesboro had made extensive preparations in anticipation of the rally and counterprotest, including boarding up the windows of businesses on the town square, deploying the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, busing in horses for mounted police, and setting up barricades throughout the square.
But instead of going to Murfreesboro, the Nationalist Front called what seemed like an audible and drove to Henry Horton State Park, 55 miles away, for a picnic near the birthplace of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the KKK. Still, several white nationalists showed up in Murfreesboro, confused about where everyone else had gone. At least one decided the drive wasn’t worth it and went home…
Around 6 p.m., some members of the Nationalist Front gathered at the Home Depot in Antioch, 35 miles from Henry Horton, where they bought tiki torches. According to Griffin, the Nationalist Front planned to hold a “vigil” at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, though he said they “never planned to do anything with torches.”
In late September, a Sudanese immigrant named Emanuel Samson opened fire on the mostly white congregation of Burnette Chapel, killing one woman and injuring eight others. The Nationalist Front wanted to bring more attention to the shooting, which it said the national media did not pay attention to, as well as to general refugee resettlement in Tennessee. Speakers in Shelbyville spent little time talking about the attack or refugees.
But by 6:30 p.m., the vigil had also been canceled. Griffin said he and other organizers aborted the event because Louisville Anti-Racist Action, an anti-fascist group, tweeted the location of the gathering and called for its followers to show up and protest…
Video from late in the evening appears to show white nationalists from the Traditionalist Worker Party in a fight with an interracial couple they allegedly harassed at Corner Pub in Brentwood, Tennessee, according to local news channel Fox 17. Matthew Heimbach, of the Traditionalist Worker Party, told Mic that the white nationalist in the fight wasn’t a member of the Nationalist Front and that the black man in the couple started the fight.
The white woman in the couple said white nationalists started the argument by telling her to leave her black boyfriend and join them. She and her boyfriend left the restaurant and were followed, they told Fox 17, sparking a confrontation that ended with her being punched in the face by a man wearing all black. White Lives Matter organizers asked attendees to wear either all black or a white shirt with khaki pants.
Despite the seeming disorganization of the day, Griffin tweeted that he and his fellow protesters had succeeded in changing the perception of their movement. He tweeted about the narrative around Shelbyville, Pikeville, and Charlottesville throughout the day and well into the night.
“No shootings. No arrests. No violence. Triggered leftists. Blew up the Charlottesville narrative,” he wrote…
Yeah, as long as they’ve got their high-caliber penis extensions — or a 20-to-2 advantage — they’re a brave, bold band of TRUE REBELS.
Much more, including many pics / video, at the link.
You blew up alright…and canceled your piddly “protest”. pic.twitter.com/y5hwhqRKAo
— Allies 4 Black Lives (@alliesblm) October 28, 2017
Compare Buzzfeed’s coverage to that of the Very Serious Media…
— Ruxypin (@SkeddyRuxypin) October 29, 2017