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Today Donald Trump made a series of tweets that targeted congresswomen who all happened to be 1) women and 2) have non-white skin, which has not only exploded Twitter but has also been reported in the mainstream news.

Cynthia Conlin made this tweet comparing Donald Trump’s latest garbage spew with 1930’s Germany:

Back in 1995 I did an animation in my The Unicorn With An Attitude series where I skewered the right wing at the time. I did this animation in soon after Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Unfortunately this animation is even more relevant today than when I originally made it.

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I am so glad I went to a Fourth of July party at a friend’s house yesterday. I got a chance to chill out with a few friends while periodically checking my phone for any news from that fascist Fourth of July rally on the Mall. I ended up feeling some schadenfreude over the whole thing because it turned out to be a major train wreck. God and Mother Nature even chimed in by sending tons of rain that day. Here are some of the highlights (or lowlights):

A brawl broke out between protesters burning the US flag in front of the White House and the notorious alt-right group known as the Proud Boys while at least four DC police officers fist bumped a few Proud Boys.

Trump wanted a parade of tanks to go from Arlington National Cemetery into DC itself only to be thwarted by engineers saying that sending these tanks over the bridge into DC could result in the bridge crumbling and the tanks being dumped into the Potomac River. These tanks ended up being merely delivered to DC by train instead and they were just displayed on the Mall.

Before the rally began the police evacuated the Capitol lawn due to lightning strikes.

The live webcam that was focused on the National Mall suddenly went dark just minutes after the scheduled Fourth of July rally was scheduled to begin. That same link has various tweets where people posted images of very few Trump supporters on the Mall, who were getting rained on.

President Donald Trump gave his speech in the rain in front of a bullet proof barrier that was streaked with raindrops where he said that during the Revolutionary War the army took over the airports. That remark led to all kinds of jokes on the Internet.

He also promised to plant a US flag on Mars and encouraged young Americans to sign up for military service.

But then there were the fireworks, which Trump claimed would be the biggest fireworks display on the Mall ever. Except the bad weather led to low hanging clouds which led to people on the Mall being able to see the smoke but not the fireworks themselves.

I was so glad that I opted to go to my friend’s party instead. At least that event was way more pleasant. Even though the Fourth of July event in DC was literally a washout that probably hurt Trump’s thin-skinned ego, this country is still headed for trouble. Especially given Trump’s dictatorial leanings.

I’ll end this post with this ABC News’ story showing the highlights of yesterday’s Fourth of July Celebration From Hell.

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Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and I’m trying to do my best to enjoy the holiday despite some dents being thrown into it thanks to the current administration.

This week The New York Times published its latest expose about those border camps where migrants—many of them children—that one could credibly call concentration camps now. Here’s an excerpt from that article.

Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, the lawyers said. Toddlers without diapers are relieving themselves in their pants. Teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk.

Most of the young detainees have not been able to shower or wash their clothes since they arrived at the facility, those who visited said. They have no access to toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap.

“There is a stench,” said Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, one of the lawyers who visited the facility. “The overwhelming majority of children have not bathed since they crossed the border.”

What’s more, ProPublica published an expose about how many of the Border Patrol agents (past and present) have gathered in a secret Facebook group where they trade jokes about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas, and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant.

In the past the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC has put on special exhibitions on issues outside of the World War II European concentration camps, such as the plight of the comfort women in Asia and what happened in the 1990s Balkans War. This time the museum has been condemning comparisons of the World War II concentration camps with the current camps along the border. Nearly 150 scholars have signed an open letter asking the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to stop rejecting analogies to the Holocaust when discussing border detention centers.

As this one tweet from a man whose grandfather and other family members perished in the Holocaust succinctly puts it when it comes to the museum’s providing a cold shoulder to the current crisis:

But there may be a reason for the museum’s strange stance, especially in light of its past efforts to tie in the Holocaust with other atrocities that have occurred in other parts of the world. As this tweet puts it, Donald Trump had appointed his good friend and business partner Howard Lorber to be the head of that museum.

In other words, cronyism rules and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has lost its reputation as being the place to remind the general public against perpetrating atrocities.

The good news is that there are plenty of Jews who aren’t ignoring what’s going on along the U.S. border. Recently more than 30 Jewish protesters were arrested for blocking entrance to one of the concentration camps in New Jersey. In addition, employees at Wayfair staged a walkout to protest their company selling furniture to these concentration camps.

Last night I was in on an online conference call via Zoom with other Maryland activists with the Poor People’s Campaign and we were discussing the concentration camps issue and how to respond to it. They talked about doing something in conjunction with the ACLU’s Families Belong Together campaign.

Despite all that, I see messages posted from people on Facebook and Twitter asking for help. There are times I feel so powerless to do anything about it because I live a great distance away from the nearest camp and I don’t have the money to travel to those places at the moment. Right now I’m just going to do whatever local action I can, whether it’s through the Poor People’s Campaign or someone else. In the meantime, here’s a list of companies who are directly profiting from detaining migrants at border concentration camps.

Then there’s tomorrow on the Fourth of July itself. I last went to downtown DC on the Fourth of July years ago. My then-husband and I were still newlyweds and we went to the Mall in DC with a few friends to check out a free concert featuring Boys II Men, Joan Jett, and The Beach Boys followed by fireworks. The music was mostly very good but it was a very hot and humid day (I think the temperature soared into the 90’s), the lines to both the port-a-potties and food were very long, and a fight almost broke out between two drunk guys near us. The weather cooled off when the sun set and we saw these incredible fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial. But when it came time to go back on the Metro, we had to wait in line for an hour to get inside of the station, then wait for another hour to board one of the very crowded trains. We didn’t get back until past midnight.

That experience is why I haven’t gone back to downtown DC on the Fourth of July since. But I now have a brand new reason why I shouldn’t bother with the downtown festivities. Donald Trump is taking over the July 4 celebration in Washington, DC where it will turn from being a traditionally apolitical patriotic birthday celebration of the United States of America to being a political rally for Trump where he will speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In addition, he is ordering tanks and fighter jets to make an appearance in DC. If that’s not enough, there will be a ticketed section for VIPs, friends, family, and members of the military.

If all that isn’t enough, members of alt-right groups like The Proud Boys and Identity Evropa are already converging on DC just in time for the Fourth of July.

If I wanted an experience like that, I would just stay inside of an air conditioned building with wifi and watch videos like these.

Between the concentration camps and this Fourth of July fuckery, everything is going downhill pretty fast in the USA. One of my Facebook friends, Greg, who is a military veteran, made this post that explains better how fucked up this situation than anything I could write.

As disgusted as you are at the news of migrant children being starved and confined in squalor, be aware that there is a segment of our population that finds it delightful. These people are the real threat to our democracy. The cruel, the indifferent, the party loyalists who give license to such behaviors without a whisper of dissent. They swallow the official line on every atrocity, relieved to have an excuse to justify their bigotry.

Be aware that what’s happening at the border is just the beginning. Already they are lining up initiatives to conduct raids and roundups in every major American city.

In 2016 we scoffed at the logistics it would require to round up 11,000,000 undocumented citizens. These things Trump wants to do, I had said, could really only happen in a police state. In these sweeps, it’s very possible that you could be arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time without ID, and ground up with the rest of the sausage. In that kind of purge, your only protection is to be white.

I must have sounded alarmist at the time. Now they seem to be mobilizing to do just that.

Don’t assume that they will stop with just the brown people, friends. Just this week, Trump in an interview implied they were going to go after homeless people next. And who knows who is next after that? Maybe the Enemy of the People, the US media?

In the same week that Trump finally got his way and is going to have a true military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, with tanks and missiles and troops passing in review.

Why is a military parade a bad thing? I mean, tanks look cool! It’s neat to see the precision of marching men in uniform. It’s a grand spectacle.

But a military parade is something despots love to do because it is, above all, a show of force to the rest of the world. It’s a message to the American people as well.

In every Independence Day celebration since the first, we have always turned to each other and high-fived, because we threw off the yoke and shackles of the British monarchy and struggled to rise and stand on our feet as a nation. We were citizens not subjects, and we proved to the world that democracy is a superior form of government because it empowers, us one and all, to achieve greatness.

The Fourth of July is a military holiday, but it’s not just about winning a war. It’s about what we did with our freedom and independence. It’s a joyful celebration. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, fireworks, marching bands, and decorations all in red, white, and blue.

Except this year, the Trump administration has decided that no, it’s more about the military. Its not about freedom, it’s about a show of force. It’s not about patriotism, it’s about jingoism. Your love of country isn’t enough. We need to show how badass our weapons look.

This year, they don’t want us turning to each other in celebration, they want all eyes glued to the President, because love him or hate him, he’s a cult of personality. What will he say? What will he do? What piece of America will he subvert and make about himself?

Meanwhile no one will point out that this jackass draft-dodging coward never served a day in the military and it’s insulting to see him use the men and machinery of the armed forces as a propaganda tool.

Unless, of course, you’re the kind of person who is pleased as punch to see kids in cages. It’s a cult. Pass the koolaid.

Greg is right about Donald Trump having attracted some pretty fanatic followers. Check out this video featuring his followers.

Here is how fanatical some of them are. The Young Turks posted this video on Facebook that shows one of his supporters having a meltdown when presented with video evidence that runs counter to her beliefs about Trump. That video is so reminiscent with what I wrote last October when I had a brief run-in with a Donald Trump supporter until I banned her from commenting further in this blog.

These people are even scarier than Trump. If and when Trump leaves office, I wouldn’t be surprised if all hell breaks loose in this country.

As for me, I’m going to be spending the Fourth of July holiday tomorrow at a friend’s party. My friend lives in a home whose backyard overlooks Greenbelt Lake and we’ll be able to see the fireworks when night comes. To me that will be way more enjoyable than trekking down to DC to see Donald Trump’s nightmare fuckery in person.

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Here’s a gingerbread house rendition of the Bates Motel.

Her government let her give birth then killed her. This is how her son found out.

Models of all shapes and sizes held a special fashion show in Times Square in order to encourage body positivity.

Animated map shows what the U.S. would look if all the Earth’s ice melted.

One woman writes about what it was like to not shop at all for one year.

Donald Trump fulfilled incest fantasy with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Eighteen facts about pressed pennies that are worth their weight in gold.

After the controversial adult-content purge, far right pages are thriving on Tumblr.

350 animated videos that will teach you philosophy from ancient to post-modern.

People who care about democracy don’t plot coups abroad.

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Breathtaking portraits capture ballets’s finest dancing on the streets of New York.

The last surviving Basque soldier from the Spanish Civil War turns 100 and speaks about his experiences during that war.

How to fight the alt-right.

What happens when a musician plays Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” on a $25 kids’ guitar at Walmart.

White-washing white supremacy: How the mainstream media rushed to excuse the Covington Catholic High School students.

The “feel-good” horror of late-stage capitalism.

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, the U.S. needs more tradespeople.

New study shows Silicon Valley’s elite are not as liberal as they think.

11 things you wouldn’t have without black women.

Iranian video game, Engare, explores the elegant geometry of Islamic art.

Liberals aren’t stupid. Conservatives aren’t racists. The people we disagree with are not our enemies.

The life and secrets of Melania Trump.

Between worlds: The art of Bill Traylor.

“Lean In” has been discredited for good.

When Native Americans were slaughtered in the name of “civilization.”

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A video about creature prop restoration, including restoring the puppets used in the Gremlins 2 movie.

Black women challenge the “white feminism” of the Women’s March.

This “bee-dimensional” printer creates some sweet looking prints.

A look at the deportation machine that President Obama built for President Trump.

Egyptian mummy’s secrets revealed.

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

The Alt-Right is taking over Renaissance Fairs.

You can now watch all of MTV’s Liquid Television, the launching ground for Aeon Flux, on the Internet Archive.

Young Patriots and Panthers: A story of white anti-racism.

Even insured Americans flock to Mexico for low-cost, high-quality health care.

The most radical digital upskilling is now occurring in middle- and lower-level jobs.

22 insane individuals that need to be banned from social media.

Donald Trump is a military coward—but that hasn’t kept him from insulting America’s troops.

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People are sharing hilariously bad stock photos of their jobs.

Meet the economist behind the one percent’s stealth takeover of America.

Portugal confronts its slave trade past.

Pet parrot creates bizarre shopping list on owner’s device.

Use your white privilege to fight racism.

The cult of violence always kills the Left.

These photos show the evolution of the laptop computer.

The Woke Parenting Guide to 24 children’s books about protest.

A look at how leisure time is changing for North Korea’s privileged.

Living Colour’s “Vivid” at 30: The band reflects on the rough road to their game-changing classic debut album.

Revealed: Secret right-wing strategy to discredit teacher strikes.

How the loss of U.S. psychiatric hospitals led to a mental health crisis.

The future of apprenticeships.

A look at the borders of the Confederate States of American superimposed on a map of human development in the United States.

How Phoenix will be almost unlivable by 2050 thanks to climate change.

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As you may know, this past weekend was the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville which resulted in the horrible death of Heather Heyer. As for Donald Trump, he has steadfastly refused to denounce the white supremacists and their actions last year. There were quite a few vigils for the victims of Charlottesville (such as two events I went to in the same week on August 14 and August 16) but I find it telling that Donald Trump has refused to distance himself from these latter-day Nazis and KKK members and has said little about Heather Heyer or the other people who were victimized by the alt-right.

For the first anniversary of Charlottesville, one of the original organizers of the Unite the Right rally, Jason Kessler, wanted to do a repeat performance in Charlottesville. When he was denied a permit for his little shindig, he decided to move the event north to my hometown of Washington, DC. He probably figured that since Donald Trump is basically a racist fascist sympathizer, President Trump would be flattered if a group of his most loyal alt-right supporters would have a march to Lafayette Square (located just across from the White House) then have an Unite the Right 2 rally.

Except things didn’t turn out that way. Donald Trump decided to head out of town this weekend. (After all, even though they are his most ardent supporters, they aren’t rich like he and his cronies are so they really don’t matter at all, except for getting their votes at the ballot box in 2020.)

I decided to head down even though I knew that I would be risking my life in doing so. I’m just fed up with all of the hatred of the poor, minorities, and women that has sprung up gradually since Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 and it has continued through the years until the hatred grew and grew and it’s now this big monster that is a threat to this country. I’ve experienced some of this hatred myself ever since I was in elementary school when the kids called me “retarded.” This taunting went through high school. Even though the teasing stopped during my freshman year at Anne Arundel Community College, I was still frequently looked down upon like I was some kind of an inferior lowlife freak (mainly from those who went to my high school—the students who went to different high schools and didn’t know about my so-called “retarded” reputation treated me like I was a human being). I ended up permanently moving from Glen Burnie as an adult because I knew that, no matter what I did, these people would never see me as anything other than someone who is inferior.

But I will admit that my experiences with facing this kind of hatred is nothing compared to an African American, as the families of people like Travon Martin, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and numerous others will attest.

Going downtown to face those Nazis wasn’t an easy decision for me. I still remember vividly the car that was intentionally plowed into a group of people by that alt-right scumbag in Charlottesville. There was a possibility that something like that could’ve happened to me. I was still waffling on the fence about going to DC last Sunday until I saw this trailer for Michael Moore’s upcoming documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9.

Watching that preview only strengthened my resolve to go ahead with my plans for last Sunday. I was all ready to go downtown with my camera, take photos of these alt-right assholes, then plaster them all over social media in the hopes that someone will recognize these assholes and they either lose their jobs or get evicted from where they are living or their neighbors shun them or something equally bad happens to them.

I knew that there was a chance that I would end up like Heather Heyer but I swallowed that fear and headed downtown anyway. I began to realize that this is what a soldier in wartime has to deal with, especially if he or she is sent to the front lines.

Before I left home I took out a blank sheet of paper and wrote down my name, address, the phone numbers of my next of kin, the cell phone number of my housemate (who had just left for a week-long trip visiting relatives in New Jersey the day before), and the phone numbers of my church and the minister. Then I folded the paper and put it in the pocket of my shorts. I felt that should the worst happen to me like what happened to Heather Heyer last year, at least some people will be notified so they could plan some kind of a memorial service for all of my friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

So I took the Green Line Metro from the Greenbelt station. As I was about to board the train I noticed a bunch of people leaving the train who looked like they were cosplaying as their favorite anime and video game character. I remembered that the annual giant East Coast anime convention known as Otakon was that weekend and it was the third and final day when the entire con pretty much closes down after 3 p.m. (I used to go to Otakon but I haven’t been since 2013 because I grew tired of paying at least $75 for a weekend pass only to encounter huge crowds everywhere I went. Besides my finances have gotten increasingly dicey so I really can’t afford major splurges like Otakon at the moment.) So I boarded the Green Line train and switched at L’Enfant Plaza. While I was switching trains I saw this artist who was engrossed in doing this sketch right in the Metro station.

Artist

I switched to the Silver Line then got off at Federal Triangle. I made my way to Freedom Plaza, where many of the counter protesters had gathered.

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

I arrived late in the afternoon just in time for the beginning of the march to Lafayette Square. I managed to get a few pictures of people with their signs.

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

As you can see from the photos there was a mix of people of all ages, races, gender identities, and sexual orientations. One of the people in the next photo even gave me free bottled water after I shot this picture.

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

Eventually the march began from Freedom Plaza. I heard people with microphones or bullhorns warning us that this march was risky since we would be directly confronting the Unite the Right 2 people. People’s spirits were up despite the risks involved and the fact that it was very humid outside. (Fortunately the day was cloudy so we didn’t have to deal with being in direct sunlight.)

Counter Protest Rally in Freedom Plaza

So the march started to move towards Lafayette Square.

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

There were Secret Service people around, especially as we started to get closer to Lafayette Square.

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

There was a street musician on the march route who serenaded the marchers with his rendition of “Stand By Me” while singing this altered lyric, “No, I won’t be afraid. No I won’t be afraid of the KKK. For as long as you stand by me.” He also earned a lot of tip money that day (as you can see in the photo below).

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

The March From Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square

We finally arrived at Lafayette Square where there was a huge police presence (some of them on horseback) along with extensive barricades that completely blocked the other end of Lafayette Square.

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

There was another street musician in Lafayette Square who was playing his violin while earning a huge amount of tips in the process.

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

So we all crowded into one end of Lafayette Square while trying to see if anyone had seen any alt-right Nazis or KKK people there. I overheard someone who was sitting in a tree saying that she could barely see them because they were located so far on the other side of the park. So we all waited patiently as we heard thunder and saw a few lightning bolts appear before the rain really started. (Which is why you can see plenty of umbrellas in some of these photographs.)

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

At one point a guy approached me asking if I want a free sign that he had just made up. Apparently he had created a bunch of signs and he decided to give them away. I took him up on his offer. Here is what that sign looked like.

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Here’s a glimpse of the White House in the distance.

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

PETA was there as well along with two costumed folks.

Counter Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC, August 12,2018

Lafayette Park has long been home to this 24-hour-a-day/7-days-per-week anti-nuclear protest camp that has been there since Ronald Reagan occupied the White House. It has continued even though both of its original founders are now deceased. I saw that this camp had been moved from its usual spot at the edge of Lafayette Park that’s closest to the White House all the way over to where the counter protesters were gathered. (Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of that site.)

After waiting for a while I pulled out my smartphone looking for news on the alt-right protesters only to find out that a whopping 20-25 protesters from the other side had shown up. The counter protesters outnumbered the alt-right protesters. When I read later news reports, I saw how pathetic the turnout really was on the other side.

Unite the Right was a pathetic failure

There were plenty of reasons for the pathetic display. But the basic issue is that Charlottesville was a complete disaster — a moment that was supposed to somehow win white nationalists favor, but actively turned much of the nation against them when they engaged in violence and, in one case, literal murder.

White nationalists dwarfed by crowds of counter protesters in Washington

The showing from “Unite the Right 2” participants fell far short of the hundreds that organizer Jason Kessler was expecting, based on his event permit application.

Kessler, who organized last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, blamed the low turnout on logistical issues and confusion regarding the group’s transportation — a claim echoed by at least two men who spoke to reporters. “People are scared to come out after what happened last year,” one of the men added.

Rally by White Nationalists Was Over Almost Before It Began

After weeks of hype, white supremacists managed to muster just a couple of dozen supporters on Sunday in the nation’s capital for the first anniversary of their deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., finding themselves greatly outnumbered by counterprotesters, police officers and representatives of the news media.

Unite the Right: White nationalists outnumbered at Washington rally

As a small group of white supremacists gathered for their second “Unite the Right” rally, the rain began to fall.

Much like the sodden pavements outside the White House, the follow up to last year’s rally in Charlottesville was nothing more than a damp squib.

This last article explains why I never saw any alt-right protesters nor was I able to come up to them close enough so I could get a shot with my camera.

‘Hell no’: counterprotesters outnumber white supremacists at White House rally

To protect their safety and that of others, officials had organised a special route for the parade. Kessler and his companions were escorted onto the metro. A special car was prepared for them, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported. In downtown Washington, police officers said they planned to clear part of the metro station platform to escort Kessler up to the street. As he came up the elevators, he was met with hundreds of news photographers and a roar of outrage from protesters amassed waiting.

In Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, Kessler and his tiny group of supporters were taken away to their own distant corner of the park talked to each other in front of journalists. Cordoned off and dozens of meters away, too far to even see him, a crowd of thousands of counter-protesters waved signs and shouted their disapproval.

In a nutshell, the tiny alt-right group showed up at Lafayette Square earlier than originally scheduled then decided to cut their rally short when the rain came down and leave the area. So the counter protesters won this round simply by outnumbering the alt-right.

To be honest, I don’t even know what Jason Kessler was thinking when he decided that DC would be the perfect place to have his little hate rally. With the exception of having a white supremacist currently occupying the White House, he was holding a rally in hostile territory. There is an African American majority living in that city. Plus there are plenty of Latinos and LGBTQ folks who also call DC home. There was no way in hell that they were going to sit back and let the alt-right have their rally with no blowback at all. Especially since it was the one-year anniversary of that brutal murder of Heather Heyer at the hands (or maybe I should say car) of a white supremacist.

Hell, many of the local bars and restaurants in DC had decided that they would not serve any white nationalists.

I arrived in downtown DC while bracing myself for the likely possibility of a violent confrontation. In the end it turned out that I stood a greater chance of being struck by lightning than getting killed by a Nazi. I’m glad that no one was killed on Sunday and that the alt-right were too minuscule to provide much of a threat.

I grew tired of sitting in the rain with my umbrella so I decided to head back to the nearest Metro station that was opened. Metro, in its infinite wisdom (sarcasm), decided to close the two Metro stations that were closest to Lafayette Square. I ended up walking several blocks until I found the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station. While I was walking I saw a group of black-clad antifa demonstrators blocking the corner of 13th and G Streets, Northwest. I didn’t know why they were doing this. They managed to get this white car that was headed in the antifa’s direction to turn around and drive a different route. Here are a few photos of what I saw on my way back to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station.

Counter Protesters Agains the Unite the Right 2 Protesters

Counter Protesters Agains the Unite the Right 2 Protesters

Counter Protesters Agains the Unite the Right 2 Protesters

I just kept on walking towards the Metro station. It’s just as well that I kept my distance because I read some news stories about antifa and they weren’t flattering at all:

Unite the Right 2018: antifa attacks police and journalists in Charlottesville and DC

At Unite the Right, black-clad antifa again give peaceful protesters a bad name.

I would rather focus on the fact that the counter protesters won through largely peaceful means. However, I read this opinion piece that sounds pretty alarming: I was at the sad white supremacists gathering. It didn’t fool me. Their movement is rising.

It sounds like the counter protesters have won a battle but it hasn’t decisively won the war—yet. We’ll see how things turn out in the mid-term elections this November. In the meantime, here’s a video I also shot at the counter protest that included all kinds of footage ranging from shouting some unique slogans (such as “Oy Vey! Oy Vey! Nazi Scum Go Away!”) to street musicians serenading the counter protesters as they made their way to Lafayette Square.

Here’s hoping that there won’t be a Unite the Right 3 anywhere in the United States next year.

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Ramadan

Budweiser’s new beer is based on George Washington’s handwritten recipe.

Suhad al-Khateeb, the first female communist elected in Iraq’s holiest city, calls for social justice.

How Amazon is holding Seattle hostage.

A look at why babies in medieval paintings look like middle-aged men.

Between financial troubles, lawsuits, and trailer park brawls, has the alt-right peaked?

New NRA President Oliver North once worked with cocaine traffickers to arm terrorists.

Working for free is not an opportunity, it is an imposition.

How American racism influenced Hitler.

Yes, there are worker-friendly alternatives to Walmart. Here are four good ones.

The Internet Archive “liberates” books published between 1923 and 1941 and will put 10,000 digitized books online.

Almost all violent extremists share one thing: their gender.

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An open letter that every LGBTQ+ person needs to read.

A presidential historian speaks out about Donald Trump.

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Man builds a Furby organ using recycled vintage electronic Furbys.

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If you care at all about the idea of journalism, Project Veritas should horrify you.

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CNN crusades against the slave trade in Libya but they knew about it for years.

A look at a LEGO set featuring the women of NASA.

The Church of Sweden no longer refers to God as “he” or “lord.”

What if American hadn’t done the dumbest thing imaginable after 9/11?

The executives who bankrupted Toys R Us want $16-32 million in bonuses for their performance.

More than 80,000 vintage sewing patterns are now available online.

The driverless revolution may exact a political price.

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6 badass acts of resistance erased from history.

Dollar General hits a gold mine in rural America where even Walmart failed.

Will the alt-right produce the next Timothy McVeigh?

How Clinton and Obama failed to defend the middle class.

Undoing the New Deal: The 1944 coup against Vice President Henry Wallace.

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