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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Opponents outnumbered white nationalists Saturday in peaceful "White Lives Matter" rallies in Tennessee that were punctuated by taunts and chants from both sides. In Shelbyville, the site of the first rally, some 200 white nationalists -- met by nearly twice as many counter protesters -- carried a Confederate flag and chanted for closed borders and deportations at a mid-morning gathering. At one point, counter protesters' shouts of "Black Lives Matter" were met by white nationalist chants of "blood and soil." The two sides, however, were kept well apart as law enforcement officers funneled them onto sidewalks on opposite sides of a four-lane road. In Murfreesboro, a town of 130,000 people, wary business owners had boarded up windows downtown and residents held a prayer vigil Friday night near the rally site.

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On Saturday afternoon, about 600 people -- but only around 30 white nationalists -- lined Church Street, one of the city's busiest corridors, as counter protesters chanted "refugees are welcome here" and "this is what democracy looks like."

When the formal rally kicked off, the demonstration largely fizzled as the outnumbered white nationalists faced counter protesters across a downtown square with only a 15-foot gap between them.

After exchanging taunts, with counter protesters chanting "Nazis go home" and "shame," most of the crowd dispersed within a half hour.

Gov. Haslam said state and local law enforcement officials would be out "in full force" for both rallies.

"We want to send a really clear message that these folks are not welcome in Tennessee," the governor told reporters Friday in Gatlinburg. "If you're part of the white supremacist movement you're not somebody that we want in Tennessee."

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On Saturday afternoon, about 600 people -- but only around 30 white nationalists -- lined Church Street, one of the city's busiest corridors, as counter protesters chanted "refugees are welcome here" and "this is what democracy looks like."

I'm all for protesting against Nazis, but these people who are counter-protesting need to also show up on election day and vote -- each and every time, vote.

What democracy looks like is the overwhelming majority of its citizens voting.

If almost everyone in a democracy gets their asses off the couch and vote, then there's no oxygen for hateful white supremacists to exist -- not to mention ever having a President Trump.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-28 06:49 PM | Reply

I'm all for protesting against Nazis, but these people who are counter-protesting need to also show up on election day and vote -- each and every time, vote.

Bears repeating.

#2 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-10-28 08:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm actually shocked at how few Nazi's their are, considering the prevalence of rape culture and white privilege. You would think these guys where under every copy of the first amazement, just like like the ACLU.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-28 08:46 PM | Reply

*first amendment. How in hell did I type 'first amazement'?

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-28 08:48 PM | Reply

The first amendment IS amazing ~

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-28 08:52 PM | Reply

- shocked at how few Nazi's their are

Yeah, StormFront only had 300 thousand registered users when lost their website.... that's nearly as much as antifa, right?

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-28 09:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Shocked at how few Nazi's their are..."

After Charlottesville, they're all afraid to go out without their hoods.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-10-28 10:23 PM | Reply


@#1 ... I'm all for protesting against Nazis, but these people who are counter-protesting need to also show up on election day and vote -- each and every time, vote. ...

Yup.

And they need to fight the Republicans who enact voter suppression laws because they (i.e., the Republicans) know the only way they maintain their majority is to suppress the votes of their opponents.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-10-28 10:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"I'm all for protesting against Nazis, but these people who are counter-protesting need to also show up on election day and vote -- each and every time, vote."

Beautiful sentiment, meanwhile Interstate Crosscheck disenfranchised enough voters to have thrown the election the other way. Ignore that fact if you want but realize Trump has now brought Kris Kobach to create the same program on a national level. Your democracy is being stolen while you pretend Hillary just didn't campaign right.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 06:17 AM | Reply

Beautiful sentiment, meanwhile Interstate Crosscheck disenfranchised enough voters to have thrown the election the other way. Ignore that fact if you want but realize Trump has now brought Kris Kobach to create the same program on a national level. Your democracy is being stolen while you pretend Hillary just didn't campaign right.

#9 | POSTED BY DANN

I agree with what you're saying -- but passivity is still not the answer.

The answer is still voting -- each and every time, vote.

It's not fair to regular Americans who are busy with work, families, and everyday problems, to then deal with barriers set up by right-wing governors to cast their vote, but life is not fair. The bottom line is something President Obama said right before last year's election, which is if people truly want their votes to be cast, there's nothing standing in their way to voting.

And if people, especially younger Americans, voted each time there was an election, the chances greatly increase toward not having barriers like voter-ID set-up by those same right-wing douchebags who work in tamping down the overall number of people voting.

#10 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-29 08:21 AM | Reply

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you pretend Hillary just didn't campaign right.

#9 | POSTED BY DANNI

That's not my focus, my focus is simple -- vote.

#11 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-29 08:36 AM | Reply

Your democracy is being stolen while you pretend Hillary just didn't campaign right.

#9 | POSTED BY DANNI

That's such a broad statement, it's hard to discuss. IMHO, she didn't campaign right. For whatever reason, she was very unpopular and did not sell herself. The perception was (whether true or not) that she had so many skeletons in the closet, she was afraid to engage in a fight. She allowed the wing-dings to capture the narrative and was not able to wrestle it away from them. She allowed them to bully her because she was either unable or unwilling to converse on the level where the electoral votes exist. That is, the areas like the ones where the nazis are proudly displaying their hatred.

The toxic nature of the hateful narrative in america was a perfect match for the dishonest, no-class, anti-intellectual, childlike, Trump. The Democrats had better learn this lesson before the next election.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-29 11:16 AM | Reply

" IMHO, she didn't campaign right."

Never mind about voter suppression and Interstate Crosscheck which are actually the reasons she lost the ecectoral college but not the popular vote.

"The Democrats had better learn this lesson before the next election."

You're half right, Democrats do need to learn a lesson, just not the one you think.
Democrats will never win in an environment when Republican cheating is tolerated, even by Democrats.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 11:38 AM | Reply

Danni,

2016 was far more complex than you are trying to make it.

Voter disenfranchisement played a role, Hillary's inability to push her narrative played a role, Voter distrust of normal politicians played a role, Young people not voting played a role. I'm sure with a bit of thought you could come up with even more factors.

Lots of things happened any one of which might have swung the election but constantly beating only one drum won't win the next election. All of the issues must be addressed realistically if we have any hope of a Trump (or Trump equivalent) free America in 2020.

#14 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-10-29 11:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

... Interstate Crosscheck disenfranchised enough voters to have thrown the election the other way.

Interstate Crosscheck has no power to disenfranchise anyone, Palast's conspiracy theory notwithstanding. If it did it would have been in the cross hairs of voting rights warriors like the ACLU and NAACP in their lawsuits in Ohio and Georgia. It was not, in fact it wasn't even mentioned.

Ignore that fact if you want ...

The facts that get ignored by you are the actions, more accurately lack of action, of the ACLU and NAACP in OH and GA. That and the fact that the ACLU let it's investigation of Crosscheck in PA die on the vine several years ago.

Facts don't faze conspiracy theorists.

#15 | Posted by et_al at 2017-10-29 02:02 PM | Reply

"Interstate Crosscheck has no power to disenfranchise anyone"

Nobody said it does.

You're being perniciously pedantic as a way of refusing to discuss what the Secretary of State does after getting the list of possible matches from CrossCheck.

Why is that Kryptonite to you, Et_Al.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-29 02:06 PM | Reply

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