An influential U.S. news organization appears close to confirming that America still isn’t full of racists. Brandy Zadrozny of NBC reports the hopeful news:
In semi-private, encrypted chats, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists planned rallies in dozens of cities Sunday to promote their racist movements and spread their ideologies to larger audiences.
Hyped by organizers as events that would make “the whole world tremble,” the rallies ran into a major problem: Hardly anyone showed up.
Shocking as this may be to media folk who cling to a bizarre fantasy that all the people who protested the results of the 2020 election are not just sore losers but white supremacists, last weekend’s nationwide flop should help to put newsroom fears to rest. The turnout was so light at last weekend’s “White Lives Matter” rallies that in many cases the protesters were outnumbered by counterprotesters. Ms. Zadrozny reports:
In Philadelphia, activists tweeted photos of a counterprotest picnic with pizza and Tastykake snacks. In New York City, over a dozen counterprotesters stood seemingly unopposed across the street from Trump Tower, where a “White Lives Matter” rally was expected.
Police in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed a circle around a lone protester to separate him from a large crowd of counterprotesters.
It’s not clear how many reporters were in attendance relative to supremacists, but the media presence was robust in a number of locations. According to NBC News:
Hundreds of counterprotesters, bystanders and media members gathered at a counterprotest at the scheduled start time of a “White Lives Matter” march at Huntington Beach Pier southeast of Los Angeles.
At the pier the “antiracism protesters vastly outnumbered other groups,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
At such events it can sometimes become difficult to figure out who’s who. A dispatch in the Seattle Times suggests that some people were at the Huntington Beach Pier not to support the protesters but to protest against the counterprotesters, who included supporters of the Black Lives Matter organization: