11 white supremacists turn out in Duluth, get pelted with snowballs

Categories: Racism

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Duluth News Tribune
White supremacists are confronted by counter-protesters outside Duluth City Hall on Saturday morning.
​It probably wasn't the sort of showing members of the Supreme White Alliance had in mind, but really, what else did they expect?

Eleven members of the white supremacist group took part in an anti-Un-Fair Campaign march in downtown Duluth on Saturday morning, only to be vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters, some of whom eventually pelted the white supremacists with snowballs.

Four anti-racists were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

Members of the Supreme White Alliance decided to march in response to the Un-Fair Campaign's controversial "It's hard to see racism when you're white" billboards, which have been visible around Duluth since January. A statement posted on the SWA's homepage last week says
the Un-Fair Campaign "has plastered advertisments [sic] all over [Duluth] basically telling white people that they are automatically racist
because they are white."

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The billboard that sparked the controversy.

Robert Hester of Superior, a member of the Alliance and the rally's organizer, told the Duluth News Tribune he was unable to give his prepared speech during Saturday's march, as counter-protesters drowned him out with chants of "Nazis out!" "Get out of Duluth!" and "Go home!"

It was over quickly. A half-hour after the white supremacists were met downtown by about 200 sometimes snowball-throwing counter-protesters, police escorted the Alliance members into Duluth City Hall amid chants of "Run and hide, go inside." They walked through the building and out to their cars without further incident.

The Tribune reports that a total of about 500 counter-protesters turned out at the Duluth Civic Center and at Canal Park, meaning the white supremacists were outnumbered 50 to 1.

So while it may sometimes be hard for Duluthians to see racism in their 90-percent-white community, it seems they won't let a downtown white supremacist march escape their collective gaze.

Related coverage:
-- "It's hard to see racism when you're white" billboards roil Duluth
-- Duluth: "Pro-white" rally to protest anti-racism billboards
-- Duluth: Racial justice, pro-white rallies scheduled concurrently this Saturday morning 



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24 comments
Rod
Rod

Gee I see Hispanics and Somalis and other groups protesting, I guess white folk aren't allowed to express opinions

Byrddamon
Byrddamon

Fuck boys got what they deserve bring that shit to the cities no snow balls we throw bullets  catch'em if you can I'm down for freedom of speech but don't be a pussy if you a hater be a man and say that shit to people face without cops to protect you then we will see how racist you really are memphis

blond blue eyed girl
blond blue eyed girl

funny how the number of counter protesters keeps growing...saturday night it was around 70...sunday morning it was 200 and now it has grown to over 500!  Kinda like the 6 million kept growning huh?

Jay
Jay

It's not hard to see that I'm racist because I'm white. Further more I'm racist against other groups because of the majority of the members behaviors. What do ya think of that!!!

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

Hahaha any 'anything' supremacy groups should be mocked and forced to realize that most people hate them, but there is particular justice, symbolically, here.

I still think the blue eyed white people they used as pictures in the billboards should have been Holocaust inmates though. Don't you think 'It's Hard to See Racism When You're White' would have been a more powerful message with Anne Frank's eyes looking out?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

If we could only lynch these people for their beliefs.  Or at least beat them into submission and force them into adapting our beliefs. 

Joe
Joe

Fuck yeah Duluth!

Michael Blix
Michael Blix

Jews weren't widely considered "white" in the US until around the end of WWII. Needless to say, they were definitely not considered white (or human) in Hitler's occupied Europe. To use Anne Frank's eyes would be to use those of someone who wasn't considered "white" by the dominant segment of society at that given point in time.

Faurau55
Faurau55

Actually, it's not the white supremacists who have a history of getting lynched in Duluth. I was glad to see that so many concerned citizens showed up and expressed their views.  Doesn't look like things got that out of control.  The ones who did got arrested.

blueJ
blueJ

What do beliefs have to do with it? In 1920 three black men were lynched in Duluth. It wasn't because of their beliefs, it was because of their race.

rumble
rumble

Their rights were protected. Snowballs = weapons? Huh? In MN? Merely "free speech" expressions of ridicule, which they deserve.

MN Worker
MN Worker

Soo, you're siding with WHO then? Wow, Kirk.  A new low for you. Impressive, really...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

 What do ya mean "What do beliefs have to do with it"Are you saying this giant mob attacked these few white supremacists just because of the color of their skin?   Hmm, I thought it was because of their twisted beliefs. Your avatar is quite fitting.  (jackass)

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Assault with a deadly weapon occurs when an individual assaults someone with a deadly weapon. Some jurisdictions consider force sufficient to cause serious bodily injury, perhaps just a black eye, as equivalent to a deadly weapon.

An assault with a deadly weapon occurs when an individual is put in fear of bodily harm. The harm doesn’t actually have to occur, but if it does, the charge may be changed to assault and battery, which means contact occurred even if no injury did. A deadly weapon can obviously include firearms and knives, but even normally innocent objects, such as a bottle, a pencil, a rock, and a car, can be considered deadly weapons if they have the ability to cause harm. Even using an unloaded gun, because it causes fear, may fall into this category. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I never said their beliefs were good, nor did I say I "side" with them.I disagree with their position, but nothing gives me the right to commit physical assault on them.  In fact, one could be charged with criminal possession of a weapon and assault.  Ya it sounds ridiculous, but what was the attackers intent?  What was the perception of those being attacked? If only the police were not there protecting them and allowing them to express their first amendment rights.Fu*king "Freedom to Assemble", we should get rid of that...

The Constitution works and protects the rights of the individual in interesting ways, some of which you may not agree with.Bigotry will always exist, and apparently in due time, the oppressed will become the oppressors.  

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

You're right moon.  Every time I tossed a snowball at another individual as a child it was no different than me punting them in the testicles.

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

With a rock inside a snowball that is frozen over night, I can knock a person out with a well placed pitch to the head. 500 people should be able to out speak the smaller group without resorting to violence, but the liberal Obama crowd is a violent group.

Moondusy
Moondusy

Dan I found your comment the funniest of this thread.  How is "exercising their Freedom to Assemble" and attacking someone even close to the same thing.  Do you even know what Freedom to Assemble means?  Yeah, you can do that.  What you can't do is attack someone for not agreeing with their beliefs.  I fucking hate racists BUT I would never hurt someone for being one because, well, I'm a civilized educated adult not a wild animal.  Ever heard of civil disobedience?  I would look that up.  There are ways to disagree with someone without it turning violent.  

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

Seems like the protesters and counter-protesters were exercising their Freedom to Assemble. One group just decided that their  assembly wasn't worth it and left.

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